Monday, June 29, 2009

Three More Weeks & Bracefree

Here I am today just messing around at work...not real busy today! I went to see Dr. K last week for my impressions for my retainers...YAY!!! Only three weeks before I will be done with my braces and I have to be honest with you...I CAN NOT wait! My favorite assistant Shelly handed me this binder and asked me choose what color I wanted my retainer to be...LOL...I choose Red Glitter with a heart, we'll see what they come up with. I'm just so elated that I am almost done as the last few months have seemed to drag on and on.
Let's see...I am still dealing with some numbness in my lower jaw and chin area. I'm praying every day that this will all come back. It will be six months on June 30th and I'm still hopeful that I will get most of it back. That has been the hardest part in all of this...wondering...will I get the feeling back?? I thought with the screw removal on that right side that would help to allevieate that numb feeling but so far it feels the same. If I was a marrionette with those lines that come down their mouth where their mouth opens to talk...that where I am numb. It's also effected my sense of taste which is dulled quite a bit since my surgery. Some days seems to be better than others where I can taste things really good...other days not so good.
Overall though I am still happy I went through with my surgery even with the numbness and lack of taste and I'm hopeful that it will all heal in time. :)


June said...

It's so good to hear you are happy with the results. I am scheduled to get my braces on tomorrow in preparation for upper and lower jaw surgery. I'm 45 and it's great to see someone my age did this too. Any other words of wisdom? I'm nervous.

Katherine (Kate) said...


I am so very happy for you Clarrisa, getting your braces off at six months post-op would be the best gift ever! Your retainer sounds like a lot of fun, too :)

Wow, having the taste buds off would be frustrating. I didn't realize you were still having this. Will keep hoping and praying that the numbness will completely disappear & that your tasters come back. It's good to hear you feel the surgery was worth it... you look wonderful and happy :)

Clarissa said...

June, I wish you all the best as you start your journey!! Like I mentioned in my last was all worth it, even if I stay numb...I'm hoping not...but only God knows for sure. :)

Hi Ya're looking pretty good yourself...I love your new chin!! Are you happy so far with your results? How's the it gone???

Katherine (Kate) said...

Nope, still definitely have some numb spots, front upper teeth, and the centre of my chin, but little by little the area seems to get smaller I've only just this week gotten the feeling back in the middle of my bottom lip, but it still gets weird sensations when I touch it. I feel like I can kiss properly again, so that's all that really mattered, heehee ;)

Let's just say I could live my life quite content with the numbness remaining (though obviously it would be nicer to get it all back!). I can't imagine having the taste buds go too~ That would be a lot harder to,um, swallow..... (sorry, lame pun)

I am thrilled with how things have gone~ can't stop looking at having top teeth,lol. Honestly I feel a bit guilty at how smoothly things have gone when others have such a difficult time adjusting. I was expecting alot worse and feel so blessed with the recovery. Maybe it's like childbirth and my brain has blocked out the worst, but If I could be guaranteed the same outcome, I'd do it again in a heartbeat :)

June said...

Clarissa, thanks for the encouragement. By the way, you look great. Your teeth are pretty. I hope mine turn out looking as nice. I just got my braces on 2 days ago and I'm already miserable. What a baby. June

Anonymous said...

Hi Clarissa- I stumbled across your site while googling "Power Chains" and am so glad I found your blog! I am a 33 and had both upper and lower jaw surgery in March. It has been almost 4 months now, and I couldn't be happier with the results. I am still in braces (power chain stage) and hoping to get them off soon. :) Thanks so much for sharing your story. It's so great to know that someone else understands what it is like to go through this as an adult. Best, Alissa