Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Debbie Downer

This whole journey through jaw surgery is such a roller coaster ride! I am in a weird place right now. My bite is so messed up (bite gets much worse before surgery) that I can't bite into anything. Literally two of my molars touch and that is it.

I am so self conscious of the way I look right now that I am turning into a hermit crab who doesn't want to venture out in fear of running into someone I know. I think that because my bite is so off combined with the fugly braces is turning me into a loner. This is so not me! I am the first one at the party and the last one to leave. Now, I don't even want to go to the party.

:( I am driving my husband crazy because he just doesn't understand. He keeps telling me "no one cares about your braces." I know this is a temporary phase I am going through as I am just a little over a month away from my surgery. Soon I will have much bigger fish to fry and talk about not wanting to go out of the house once I have surgery and my face looks like Fat Albert....

Anywho, this is a good place to go and vent so thanks for letting me, not that you have much of a choice. I know this is all part of the process and just wanted to share my thoughts as I know that most people who go through this will feel like this from time to time!


  1. Hey :)

    I'm sure you don't want to hear this, but I think your husband is right! The people who love to be in your company don't see the braces and they only see your whole package which I'm sure is pretty great. Don't sweat the small stuff and just remember it'll all be over before you know it. My bite became way worse before I went in for surgery and now I'm almost 3 weeks post-op and I feel on top of the world (even though my face is still puffy!). It's all worth it in the end, so please don't feel down just because of some silly metal and teeth in progress.

    Best regards,


  2. I know how you feel...My overbite is getting worse too, and I have a hard time chewing with my mouth closed because the teeth don't meet that way.I feel weird eating lunch at work and I feel like I look worse. But we need to remember it's all going to get fixed! and look and work waaaay better! And probably no one else notices anyway! Feel better.

  3. Thank you both for your kind words. This journey is certainly not for the faint of heart! It is a long but definitely worthwhile experience.

    Alexis- I looked at your blog and you look so fabulous! An inspiration!

    Louise-yep cant really chew with my mouth closed either so I chew with my hand over my mouth. looks awesome. No public eating for me! :) You are right it will be fixed soon enough and this is why we are putting ourselves through this anyway- to fix all of these issues!

    Again, I really appreciate all of your comments!

  4. Try and stay positive! I went through a lot of emotional highs and lows right before my surgery but I think that's just the way it goes. You have to mentally prepare yourself for what your about to go through. The first 2 weeks are tough but then it gets easier and easier. I would say by 5 weeks post op I was starting to feel more like myself....but it is different for everyone! Won't it be nice to say good riddance to our over bites! I can't wait to have my splint off tomorrow and see my bite as it should be. Thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way! When is the date of your surgery?

  5. I agree that staying positive is the most important, but sometimes toughest, part. It all seems so hard and dramatic as it happens, but you'll see when it's done, looking back, that it was all worth it in the end.

    If you need some moral support or just want to connect with people going through the same thing, you can join us on the jaw surgery forums here:


  6. You are both right!!! I need to stay positive and am trying to for the most part but every now and then it gets to me. BUT, I think writing that blog entry was very theraputic and am now feeling better. This weekend I am going to the big football game where everyone and their brother will be at. Ohio State vs. Miami....go bucks! Anyway, I am totally going and saying screw you mouth and your stupid braces too! :)

    Sarah- My surgery is Oct. 11th.
    Brandon- I will be on your site a lot. THANKS!

  7. You know how I feel about this girlfriend! And what a great place to vent. I can't believe I was there just a few short weeks ago. You won't believe how soon you'll be on the "flip side" as I call it! Many more emails to come. Puma's representin''''' LOL!


  8. I feel for you. I remember even before my braces I would cover my mouth whenever I smiled, because I hated my overbite. I would sleep with covers over my mouth too, so my husband couldn't see my mouth. I think everyone is much more critical of themselves than others. I bet most people don't see you as you do. Besides that, you will be gorgeous when this is all over...and they'll forget this phase.

    P.S. Holy cow, Oct 11. That will be here before you know it. I can tell you since my surgery I don't cover my mouth ever (in less I do it out of habit).