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  • I am 21 years old with a severe over bite and unaligned jaw. I need to get corrective surgery but want to do it without braces. Is there any way I could do it with Invaslign. If I cannot because my teeth will not match is there anyway I could fix this problem with getting vaneers? I've already had braces for 5 years (most of my teen years). I don't know why I didn't get surgery then. I don't want to ever get braces again. What are my choices if any? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I was told that I should get my jaw broken prior to getting braces on. I'm 30 years old and I would really rather not go through this because I have been hearing medical reports (on TV) stating that people who have had this procedure done 10 to 15 years ago, are now having problems with their jaw. Is this absolutely necessary to do before I get my braces on? I have a slight overbite.. you can hardly notice. My doctor said that if I didn't get the surgery that the braces will bring my top teeth back to meet my bottom teeth but in doing that... my jaw/chin profile wouldn't be as defined as it is now. Basically it would look like I didn't have a chin. I would rather not look like a turtle! ... Visitor from Sackville, Nova Scotia     (answer)

  • Pain related to maxiofacial surgery: In 1983 I had a malocllusion. I had just joined the Navy and while in boot camp I was sent over to the dental hospital for evaluation. They concluded that my jaw could be aligned properly. Being that it was a $20,000.00 surgery and performed free of charge thanks to milatary service, it seemed like a good idea. The surgery was quite invasive. It involved both upper and lower mandibals. My lower jaw was shortend and my upper jaw widened. After the surgery and since I have had problems. Mostly involving the right side of my head. My right ear has constant pressure all the time. What has worked is Oxycotin for the pain. But with all the bad press and phobias to narcotics in society it is not easy to deal with. What options do I have to get this problem taken care of for good? ... Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • My orthodontist says that I need to have surgery and braces in order to correct my teeth. I also have a condition known as multiple epiphyseal dysplasia which is a congenital birth defect that affects bone growth. Will this condition have any negative effects when I have the jaw surgery? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Surgery for Underbite? I am 19 yrs old and I just hate my underbite. Is undergoing surgery my only option to fix my jaw? I hate looking at myself in the mirror because of my underbite. ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Numbness after orthognathic surgery: I had jaw surgery 2 1/2 yrs ago. My chin and lip are still numb. My doctor says give it time since I'm older, 45 years old. It tingles all the time but no feeling comes back. Should I just keep waiting or can something be done? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Overbite Surgery without Braces: My lower jaw is set further back than my top jaw resulting in a gummy smile, difficulty closing my mouth and keeping it closed, aching in my jaw etc. I am hoping to have corrective surgery but I don't like the thought of having to wear braces, making my mouth look even uglier than it is already. I want to know if I have my crooked front teeth removed, top and bottom, and replaced with a bridge of new perfect teeth can I still have corrective jaw surgery and not the braces? ... Visitor from United Kingdom     (answer)

  • Front Teeth Overlap: My four front teeth overlap the bottom teeth (they go about half way down) and they are splayed out. I had braces about 5 years ago but I wasn't happy with the results so last year I had 4 veneers placed on the front teeth. Although they are much better I am still very unhappy with the way they point out of my mouth rather than downwards. I went to see another orthodontist before I had my veneers and was told that my lower jaw was longer than my top one and that's why the teeth were like they are. I am confused as the rest of the teeth are fine. Is there anyway that I can correct this without surgery? ....Visitor from Birmingham United Kingdom UK     (answer)

  • Orthognathic Surgery required for misaligned jaw? What are the health risks or ramifications of NOT getting orthognathic surgery when you are diagnosed with a misaligned jaw? ....Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Tilted gums: My top teeth and gumline are tilted to one side. I have no problem biting, but it really shows when I smile. Is there any way this can be fixed? ....Visitor from Barbados     (answer)


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