Hi LuLu, thanks for posting back, its good to 'talk' to someone who is at a similar stage in their braces journey
Are you happy with where things are at? Do you know how much longer you have to go? Are you wearing elastics yet?
Well, here's a quick summary of why I'm considering surgery:
-I started with a 3mm overjet, which has since increased to 10mm. This has resulted in, when I smile, my bottom teeth now being totally invisible, and my top teeth resting on my lower lip (you can read more about why this has happened at viewtopic.php?f=13&t=39308
-Because of this, I now cannot bite anything. Everything has to be cut up into small pieces, even sandwiches
-Chewing is now difficult too (pre-braces, biting and chewing anything was not a problem!), as I only have about 2 teeth that are occluding at present - my very back molar on the left, and a premolar somewhere on my right. My back left lower molar lost its ring a while back, and the orthodontist doesn't intend to replace it for another few months, meanwhile it is sticking up more and more as time goes by and affecting the occlusion of all other teeth on my left hand side.
-I consulted with a surgeon about 2 weeks ago, who said that these things are unlikely to be improved just with braces, and that even if they are, my teeth are likely to bend back into ugly positions within a few years of being removed as my bite is not good. (He also said I should have my wisdom teeth out ASAP as them erupting post-braces may cause the same problem)
-He also advised I would have to have outer braces pre-surgery, as post-surgery the elastics would have to go from outer (upper) to outer (lower) rather than inner (upper) to outer (lower) which may flare my upper teeth outwards
- so much for paying TWICE as much to get lingual braces hey!
So there you have it...I'm seeing my ortho for a chat on Thursday about where to go from here! Bit depressed at the moment. Looks like braces would have to be on for 6-12 months post-surgery, which means there is NO chance the initial 2 year time estimate is going to be correct (which would mean I'd be getting them off in ~8 months).