Jaw Surgery Countdown Begins!

In braces, jaw surgery by Susan3 Comments

I’ve done it – I’ve added a Countdown gadget to my iGoogle homepage that’s counting down the days until my maxillary advancement surgery.

Today, my gadget’s telling me I have 43 days left.

I’ve been thinking that it was around five weeks, but this thing keeps me honest!

A conversation with a coworker today, also braced, gave me a refreshingly positive perspective on things. After I told her that my surgery was six weeks away, she flashed me a big brace-y smile and said,”You must be so excited!”

Not exactly! I’ve been sort of excited, but spent most of the weekend grappling with buyer’s remorse, or at least cowering at its specter. For a frugal person like me, spending several thousands of dollars on something – anything at all, necessary or not – is painful and usually gets me questioning.

Here are a few financial rationalizations that I’ve come up with, in order of effectiveness on my psyche:

1. You can’t fully quantify the benefit of being able to chew without soreness and headaches, smile without self-consciousness, breathe easily through your nose, or keep all your teeth the same, healthy size (not worn down by a misaligned bite), so why try?
2. I have a great insurance plan that actually covers me at almost the maximum rate, so I should take advantage of it while I can.
3. I still remember how to live like a college student – I can do it again for the next year as I’m paying off my bills.
4. $15,000 is a tiny drop in the bucket compared with the debt I’d take on for grad school!

Aah, I feel better already…


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  2. Hi,

    I’m in the process of getting the braces for jaw surgery, but it looks like you have clear braces (ceramic) where only the wire shows. I was told that this is not an option for jaw surgery. can you clarify?

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    Hi Angie,

    Apologies for missing your comment about ceramic braces.

    Yes, your observation is absolutely correct – I had ceramic braces throughout my entire treatment, including for surgery. My orthodontist and surgeon never mentioned this as a problem, and they’ve both treated jaw and sleep apnea patients for many years.

    If it turns out to be an option for you, I highly recommend it. For me, it was more than worth the extra few hundred dollars – I was working in an office at the time and wanted to minimize the look of the braces.


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