Several years after we were married he decided to have some additional consultations and found a great orthodontist that was able to refer him to one of Portland's best head and neck surgeons. The surgeon was able to put together a compelling case to the insurance company to get approval for Aaron's jaw surgery.
So, in January 2009 we decided to go forward with the proposed treatment plan and Aaron got braces!
Here are a couple of before shots:
The game plan was to have the braces on for about a year, have corrective jaw surgery, then have the braces on for about 6 more months. Well Aaron's teeth are very stubborn and took a lot longer to move, like WAY longer. He also had to have some gum grafting done which further slowed the process.
Aaron was scheduled to have orthognathic surgery, where they were going to "break" his top and bottom jaws, extend his deficient upper jaw, and reduce his lower jaw. Everything then was going to be held into place with titanium screws and plates. Sounds like fun right?
In May 2011 Aaron had his surgery. The procedure went well but the recovery was pretty rough at first. When I first saw Aaron after he woke up I thought to myself "Oh my gosh, what have we done?" He looked pretty bad. He had his mouth tightly rubber banded shut at first and then it was loosened a little each week. He was on a liquid diet at first (including all of his meds) and a soft diet for a total of 6 weeks.
|This was right after he woke up from surgery. The upper jaw surgery did a number on his sinuses and he had a bloody nose a lot at first.|
|This was a day or two later, it took awhile for all of the swelling to totally go down. I think it was a few months before everything fully "settled."|
At first Aaron had to drink everything with a syringe. Pretty miserable really. He had a lot of chocolate milk and pureed soups. I even made him a biscuit and gravy "shake."
|He wasn't too crazy about having meals with us. He drank from the syringe and we ate pizza. Mean, I know.|
Fast forward one more year and TA-DA! Aaron is done! And he looks fantastic! He can eat and bite like a normal person now. It was a long 3 years but totally worth it.
|A before self portrait of the two of us...|
Phew! Now it is time to get Tanner in for an orthodontist consultation...