First off, I would like to excuse my grammar now,...
First off, I would like to excuse my grammar now, I am on my phone, and iPhone's love to auto correct me!!!!
I hate that I only have after pictures, I do promise that I will attempt to retrieve before pics =)
It all started when I was 12, my canine teeth (the point ones) where ridiculously above my gum line, my mouth was too small for those teeth.
I had braces, put on, and ONLY 1 extraction, (looking at my treatment plan that MONARCH had treated me for now, makes me upset!!!!!) typically Orthodontist like to take out premolars to treat very crowed mouths, with this said, they take out 2 teeth per arch, I only had 1 extraction on my upper arch. I only say this because I have worked for 8 different Orthodontist with my previous company and have never seen a case where they opt to only extract 1 tooth from one side to help the crowding. ANYWHO< I got my braces, only one extraction, and wore them for aprox 2 years. I did develop decalcification on some areas, which later were treated with M.I. PASTE. The white spots got better, but i still have tiny spots where only my naked eye can see =)! lol
SOOO, getting close to my braces coming off, the Orthodontist at MONARCH mentioned my bite was still not aligned and even though I had an RPE appliance (rapid palate expander) for over a year that I needed surgery to make everything perfect!
I was not old enough though to have the surgery I was only 14 years old when my braces were removed. I never really paid attention to my crossbite I was left with, I was 14 and didn't really understand nor care for the crossbite.
After the braces came off I only wore my retainers for a few months before they were long forgotten about, honestly I was lazy to wear them.......
AND>>>> yup you guessed it, I did experience a relapse in the positions of my teeth, although they were minor movement, I knew I had ruined what my mom and her insurance paid for =/.....
I would notice every year that my jaw and crossbite was getting worse and my teeth were starting to wear out pretty badly in the front..
3 years ago, After working with a orthodontist that I really trusted I decided to have my braces put on for the second time. This time I chose the clear brackets, and had to pay for my treatment out of my own pocket!!! yes- I did get a huge discount from the owner of the company because I was a cherished employee!!! =)
Shortly after the braces came on, I was being pushed to having the great Orthognathic Surgery, that I was in total need of!!!!
I felt like the surgery was rushed in terms of perfecting the treatment plan. My job at the time had awesome insurance that i would only need to pay 1,500 for my deductible and my Atena insurance would pick up the rest of the bill, and they were switching to a cheaper insurance that would not cover my surgery. I am glad that the owners of the company shared this information with me, because he knew I wanted the surgery. Otherwise I would have never been able to afford 34,000 for my surgery!!!
The oral surgeon, (which is a great and talented person, now a close contact referral) did the best job he could have done with such short time to plan the surgery.
It also didn't help that I was getting married that year and was in a rushed to have the braces OFF a couple of months after the surgery.
overall, I am more than satisfied with my treatment, the doctors I chose, and everything!
Here are a few pictures of what my teeth currently look like.
I would love to elaborate more on anything you guys would like to know!!
I will update soon with before pictures, and more details on the surgery!!