Before and After Photos

These are the sets of before and after photos from my experience with double jaw surgery. You can clearly see my underbite and how poorly my teeth fit together in the first set of pictures.

A few items to note in the second set of photos are:

  • I look much more confident when I smile.
  • My teeth fit together like they’re meant to.
  • Sadly, my molars aren’t touching on the lefthand side of my mouth.

You can click on each picture set for an enlarged version.

Before surgery (Feb. 9, 2010) – Notice the underbite (and the awkward smile).

After surgery (June 22, 2010) – Four items to note: a confident smile, the appliance in the roof of my mouth, the open bite on the righthand side of my mouth and my off center goatee.

That pretty much sums it up! If you have any questions about jaw surgery, feel free to post them in the comments!

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66 Comments on “Before and After Photos”

  1. Sarah V September 18, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Hey Graham – THANK YOU for this amazing website.

    It’s prepped me a TON for the big day, beginning of November, (double jaw surgery as well!)

    I live in Alberta as well and have been quoted $9,000 for my surgery.

    I have an overbite and crossbite. My dentist recommended me looking into jaw surgery as it wrecks my dental work. A sleep clinic also recommended jaw surgery due to my lack of oxygen during sleep (therefore never feeling fully rested). Of course, it’d also be nice to have a great smile. However, everyone in this process – dentist, sleep clinic, orthodontist, oral surgeon – have been adamant that jaw surgery is not covered.

    My question: how did you get Alberta Health Care to approve? Was this through a doctor?

    Thanks in advance for any insight you have!

  2. Danielle August 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Hello! I am sitting here one week after my double jaw surgery all wired shut and swollen.

    I just wanted to thank you to your blog and realistic timeline!! There have been a few differences but so far your information has been spot on.

    I had been pretty spooked when I first heard that I was going to need such an intense surgery.

    I can’t wait to be on the other side of this wired mess!

    Thank you again for your help!

  3. Jacinta June 17, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    Oh ok, I get you. Looks like I’ll be having a splint in too, my quote for the surgery mentions top and bottom splint. Luckily you have out a tonne of info in this blog about what to expect with a splint! So nice that you keep coming back and answering peoples questions so many years on. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to answer my questions.

  4. Jacinta June 16, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    Hi Graham,

    In your after surgery photo you have the wire, I have a wire just the same it’s called a palatal arch wire, mine is to pull an unerupted eye tooth from the roof of my mouth. In another comment you said you had something similar. Just curious why you have the wire in after your surgery? And it’s purpose.

    • Graham June 16, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      Jacinta, the wires I had in during recovery were meant to hold the splint in place and attach it to my braces. I had my eye teeth surgically exposed years earlier and that was an unrelated operation. =)

  5. courtney pfau June 3, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    I just had my jaw surgery with cheek implants and rhinoplasty 5 days ago.. the diet sucks! Alot of the swelling has resolved although still pretty swollen… its not bad, I haven’t taken anything for pain since day 2…. cant wait til end of 6 weeks and start eating food again!

    • Graham June 3, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Courtney, just think of how delicious that first solid meal will taste!

  6. Bret June 3, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Hey Graham,

    I am scheduled for double jaw surgery on July 25th. I would like to know more about the recovery timeline. I begin my Master’s course on September 15th. I would like to know, from your experience [and general advice/thoughts], whether you think six or so weeks is enough time to fully recover from this surgery and begin a Master’s course? It is imperative I am close to full health [almost fully recovered] when my Master’s begins so I can hit the ground running and not fall behind due lack of energy/pain as a result of the surgery.

    I personally do not think six weeks is enough time to be close to fully recovered after undergoing double jaw surgery.

    Thank you,


    • Graham June 3, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Bret, six weeks will be ample time to regain your mental stamina, so you should be good to begin your Master’s course in mid-September. Your physical strength may not have fully returned by then, but you should have no trouble focusing for a full day at that point. I found my mental acuity was back by the fourth week. =)

  7. Yogi February 16, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Thx you so much for answering my question! :)

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