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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Countdown: 42 Days!

This is just a bit about what I have gone through up until now regarding jaw/ortho work!
October 2002 - August 2004: braces for 22 months on 4 top teeth
2005: "Space Keeper" to keep my upper arch stable
2007: Expander on top teeth
June 2008 - June 2009: Full top braces
I got bottom braces at some point
October 2010: Top braces (my teeth were straight i just needed the brackets for surgery)
January 2011: Wisdom teeth removed
March 2011: final tightening of braces!
August 13th 2011: JAW SURGERY!!!!

I was supposed to get surgery shortly after October 2010 but due to miscommunication between my orthodontists about my wisdom teeth, I had to wait until 6 months after getting them removed, which pushed me back until July. My surgeon is Dr. Mark A. Egbert, DDS, Division Chief
Dentistry, Craniofacial, Oral Surgery

Consultation went great, the staff was nice, and he even had a cute resident helping out ;) My favorite part about him? He said that the surgery would just "enhance what I already had going on". The doctor said he thought we would achieve the best results if I had double jaw surgery, as opposed to only lower, which my ortho had said. After getting molds and bite trays done, we were told the scheduler would be calling us in two weeks. I eagerly awaited the phone call for THREE WEEKS, so my mom then proceeded to call them multiple times a week and push for a surgery date. After 5 weeks of waiting, during one of my moms weekly phone calls, they said they had LOST MY FILE!!! My mom immediately called the orthodontist to request copies of all my records. After my orthodontist confirmed he had hand delivered my files, they were mysteriously found and submitted to my insurance for pre-authorization. By the time the insurance had approved me, we were offered a surgery date of September. Luckily my ortho and surgeon have a good relationship and they negotiated and now my surgery is in August! Thanks Dr. Fey!

Pre-Surgery Checklist

Good Morning!
Me and my mommy are going to enjoy a nice day staying at home spending some quality time together, thank you mommy!

After my last post yesterday I read other jaw blogs and came up with a list of things I would need before surgery:

Jaw Surgery Checklist

  • Baby Spoons
  • Baby Toothbrush
  • Sippy cup that doesn't need sucking
  • Syringes
  • Magazines
  • New Pillow
  • Fully Charged Mac ;)
  • Whiteboard
  • Tissues
  • Chapstick
  • Ninja blender!!! (thank you daddy!)

  • Gatorade
  • Ensure
  • Yoplait Smoothie mix (Costco)
  • Yogurt (greek)
  • Juice
  • Fruits and Veggies
  • Apple Sauce
  • Papitas
  • Jello
Other things
  • My mommy!
And here is a good site with some food ideas:

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jaw History

A little bit (a lot) out of order, but here are some pictures to show the progression of my Class 3 malocclusion! November 2010, September 2010, August 2010, June 2010, June 2010, Nov 2008, June 2010 (Not my baby!), June 2009, June 2011

Countdown: 43 Days

Hi Guys!

I am getting double jaw surgery in 43 days, and I plan on using this blog to keep my friends and family updated on whats going on with me :) First off, some background info, I started treatment at the age of 8, with braces, but I wasn't told I needed surgery until I was around 14. I was diagnosed with a class 3 malocclusion which will be corrected by upper and lower jaw surgery. Currently I have 5 mm between my top and bottom jaw horizontally. To correct that the surgeon will move my front jaw forward 2 millimeters and my bottom jaw backward 3 mm, while also moving it to the right 1 mm so my midlines line up. Now I am 17 (as of 5 days ago!) and am ready for surgery. My surgeon will be Dr. Egbert at Seattle Children's Hospital. We were planning on a July surgery so I could go back to school in September, but we had our fair share of problems with the scheduler so now my surgery is in August! Since I have so much time before my August 12th surgery date, I am going to take full advantage of being able to eat real food, I love to cook I plan on cooking something everyday until my surgery. On today's menu is potato pancakes and crepes!

Thanks for reading!