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!

66 Comments on “Before and After Photos”

  1. Kenneth February 26, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    How much did the braces and surgery cost you roughly? Did you go private of public hospital?


  2. Graham February 26, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Hi Kenneth,

    In Canada, a good portion of the surgery is covered by our public healthcare.

    Braces cost me roughly $7,000 while surgery cost around $5,000 (plus $500 for my splint and another $500 for my retainer).

    It’s definitely an expensive venture!

  3. Jen March 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Congrats on your surgery! Thank you so much for blogging/posting on this topic. I am the mother of a 3.5 year old boy and a 9 month old both of whom have a class 3 jaw (my father had it although I don’t). We have a long road ahead of us for correction in both boys and so I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about your treatment for this when you were younger. Did you have braces early as a child, did they pull teeth to help correct things? Are there things you wish you did or that you wish your parents or doctors could have or should have done earlier? Did you get several opinions before starting treatment?

    Also, do you have any tips for me as a mom in handling this with my boys? I love them dearly wouldn’t change a thing about them unless they wanted it or unless medically needed. I do worry if they will be teased and taunted over this at some point as they grow? Any tips from that perspective would also be appreciated.


  4. Graham March 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi Jen, nice to meet you!

    I had no treatment when I was younger. No braces. No teeth pulled (that I can recall). My dentist always told me to wait until my jaw stopped growing, and I highly recommend this. For boys, it’s usually sometime in our early twenties.

    Prior to having the actual surgery completed, I had my wisdom teeth pulled and wore braces for 1.5 years. I also had to wear braces for 9 months afterward.

    I got opinions for my 2 different orthodontists on which surgeon to go with. I also met with my surgeon 6 months prior to going in for the operation.

    As far as growing up with a class 3 jaw, I was never made fun of for it. I think it becomes a personal thing for some people, but if your kids don’t let it bother them, I doubt anyone will even notice. It’s a fairly subtle thing to people not in “the know.”

    My advice is to hold off on braces and surgery until they’re at least 20 years old. I’ve met a few people who had braces in junior high and then had to get them all over again 5 years later for jaw surgery. That wouldn’t be much fun.

    Let me know if you have any more questions, Jen!

  5. Tiffany May 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Graham, thanks for sharing your experience here. I’ve read elsewhere that upper jaw advancement may change the shape of one’s nose and I’m a bit concerned about that. How did that affect you?


  6. Graham May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    They’ll have to move your nose around because the entire structure of your face will be altered. It’s a very subtle change that, while noticeable, is easily adjusted to.

    It’s certainly nothing to worry about. Just make sure you give yourself a few months of adjustment before you throw any rash judgements upon your new face. :-)

  7. Tim June 4, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I just read that you never got made fun of for your class three.. well I didn’t either. It made me remember though I used to get people at parties asking me for chewing tobacco they’d say, “Hey man you packing a lip? Can I get some?”

    This was due to my under bite being so bad that my gums and teeth pushed the area right beneath my lip far enough out that it resembled tobacco lump… haha Thought you might appreciate that one.

  8. Graham June 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Tim, that’s funny–I used to get asked the exact same thing at parties.

    “Hey man, I see you’ve got a dip in. Got any extra?”

    Our underbites gave us mad street cred!

  9. Tim June 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    Hahha My reply to, “you packing a lip?” eventually became, “NO DUDE.. I’m packing my face.” Then Id often leave them with no explanation haha

  10. dawn secord July 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    My son had that surgery last week. It cost us about 4000$ total. His Orthodontics were about 1900$, the dental surgeon was 1900$ too. We’re in Northern Ontario, though. Maybe that’s why the cost difference?
    I hope he recovers soon. It looks SO sore. He’s tough, but it really looks sore!

  11. Graham July 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Dawn, do you have any dental coverage? I have no coverage, so I paid the full price for everything. I can’t imagine orthodontics are only $1900 unless a solid portion of that is covered by insurance.

    If your son is already past the first week, the worst is behind him. It’ll be exciting for him to get back into the swing of things!

  12. Jackie. September 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    First, I would like to say congratulations! Your transformation looks incredible! My name is Jackie, I am currently 15 years old, and I have to under go jaw surgery because I have a severe under-bite. I get made fun of and picked on at school all the time. Im what you can say, fed up with it. My orthodontist said I have to be done growing for a year to get the surgery. I have some questions for you, how long does the swelling stay for? How much pain were you in? The summer of 2012 may be the summer I will get it. Thank you so much! And it was very helpful for you to post this blog! I’m just trying to get as much information in as possible before I get the surgery. I’m so nervous for it, well thanks again(:

    -Jackie, MI

  13. Graham September 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Jackie! Props to you for doing your research before undergoing the operation.

    Swelling is noticeable for about two and a half months, but it’s only a hindrance for the first six weeks. After that, it won’t affect your day-to-day life.

    The surgery is relatively painless because your face is numb during the worst parts of the recovery, so you don’t actually feel the pain. Your body will be tired because it knows the pain is there, but it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable for you.

    Hopefully you get have this all done next summer!

  14. stephanie June 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    My surgery cost me $28,000. I live in Miami had united health care which say they cover tmj, after fighting with them for about a yr with my doc saying its medically necessary they took it off their plan completely. I hate united health care. They make you pay 2000 deductible just to see a doctor and then on top of that its expensive….for what?
    Any this US my 1 month mark…I’m so happy with my face right now its worth not having my dream car. Lol. I’ll get it later

  15. Graham June 9, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    Insurance is an incredibly frustrating business, isn’t it? I lucked out and had the majority of mine covered, but I’ve heard a few horror stories.

    We can all rest assured that it’s just money, though, and it is possible to pay it off, slowly but surely.

  16. Lottie June 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Hey hey,
    I absolutely LOVE reading your blogs and everything. I’m on day 9 now. And everythings going fine except eating because It’s so hard when others around you pig out lol.
    I also can’t believe how much you all paid for this! In England i got it free on nhs which is great! I’m 18 now and cannot wait to go out showing my new look off.
    Just wondering really how long before you ate soft foods like mash potato and pasta etc? My surgeon said 6 weeks. But seriously?!
    Thankyou again. Everyday im reading your blog and Its so relatable and true it’s scary! Lol
    Lottie x0x

  17. Graham June 22, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Lottie,

    That’s great to hear that your healthcare covered the entire cost of the operation. Lucky you!

    I wasn’t able to eat soft foods until 7 weeks post-op. It’s different for every person, but having to maintain a liquid diet for 6 weeks is not unheard of.

    It’s frustrating, but this will all be in the past for you soon enough! =)

  18. Gretchen June 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi Graham- thank you for sharing your story! My daughter, Kelsey, is having the surgery next week. FB – Kelsey Johnson. Your blog has helped prepare her. She’s 21 and enjoys the riches of Canada- eh?. Not super at Math, though!

  19. Graham June 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Gretchen, extend her an invitation to fire any questions she may have my way. I miss those “riches of Canada” at the moment—I’m in Peru right now!

  20. Sara Fleming-Shepherd June 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Well, just to give you an update, my surgery is set for the end of Aug and I couldn’t be more excited. I am looking forward to the end results and just want to thank you for being so public about what you went through. Whether you know it or not, you have been an inspiration to may people.

  21. Graham June 28, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    That’s great to hear that you have a date booked, Sara! Keep me posted about the first few weeks of your recovery. You’ll be smiling like crazy by the end of the year. Exciting!

  22. Courtney July 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Hey Graham it was nice to read a personal surgery about the double surgery! I am having my double jaw surgery next year, finally! Im 26 and have an open and cross bite.. I will also be in Nursing school when i have this surgery so how much time would you suggest to take off before going back? Or maybe I should do it over the summer if possible? My case is unique as it was hard for me to find an orthodontist due to having braces when i was younger and the ortho moving my teeth too fast caused 80% root reabsorption in all my teeth! But i found and ortho and surgeon and were getting on it! Braces Sep 6th this year and surgery the end of next, this will be a chore with 4 kids and school!!!!!

  23. Graham July 16, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Hi Courtney,

    First off, I must say that you are a true warrior! Planning on having jaw surgery with 4 children and being a fulltime student is quite the undertaking!

    I would recommend you have the surgery during the summer break if possible. You’re not going to be able to speak in an understandable fashion for at least 1 month and you won’t have the energy to remain alert through a day of classes for about 3 weeks. I’m not sure if that length of downtime fits with a university course load.

    You’ve still got time to think about it, but that’s my advice: have surgery during your summer break. (And train your kids to make you amazing fruit smoothies, haha!)

  24. Courtney July 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Graham thank you! I was actually leaning more towards the summer anyways i feel more comfortable knowing ill have adequate time off! Trainng my kid to make fruit smoothis isnt a chore its more training the husband to do anything! LOL… anyways thank you so much for your advice :)

  25. Sarah August 2, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    It’s been 2 weeks since my double jaw surgery and deviated ceptum correction. Getting pretty tired of liquids all the time. And WOW Canada is nice. I paid $13000 just for my braces and another $15,000 for the surgery- none of it’s covered by the insurance here because they considered it “cosmetic”

  26. Graham August 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Yikes, that’s a lot of dinero, Sarah! Maybe you should have faked being a Canadian citizen for a few months just to save money on the operation! I hope your recovery is going well. =)

  27. Son September 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I just had surgery of the lower jaw and had my mouth wired shut for 6 weeks. I wish I had found this site earlier. Thanks for the information.

  28. Graham September 20, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    You were wired shut for 6 weeks, Son? That’s quite a long time! Happy to hear you’re past that chapter in your life now. =)

  29. Dotty September 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    My daughter age 17 is going for double jaw surgery in 9 days..any tips or suggestions for me to make it easier for her?? We can not wait till summer break as her ins. will be over when she turns 18 at the end of Oct..So we will do what we have to as far as school goes..What is good to put in those smoothie drinks to help her as far as protein and calories..she is very tiny to start with..

  30. Graham October 1, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Hi Dotty,

    The best suggestion I can give is to remind her that the process will all be over in a few months, but the benefits will last for the rest of her life. Make sure she’s thinking positively, has some TV shows to watch, and gets outside for walks at least once per day.

    As for smoothies, you can find the recipe I used in this post.

    All the best!

  31. Steph December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Hey Graham,

    I’m from ottawa. Just had surgery exactly a week ago. I’ve been using this site like darn bible! It’s awesome stuff.

    I just want to say to people looking at this site that the 3-4 first days are hell…when i got to day 3 I thought to myself this Graham dude is confused!!! I was ready to fly to EDM…lol…

    I would say to myself there’s no way i’ll have any sort of energy within a couple of weeks. Sure enough when day 4 got around it got better…every day is better. I did find the more active i am the better i feel.

    I’m still swollen like an over-blown balloon but i’m hanging in there!

    If you can get the breathing under control this will change your life!! Hehe…i call it “nose maintenance”.

    I also have a splint and that sucks a little bit it’s quite bigger than i imagine!!! (that’s what she said)

    One a side note magic bullet and peanut butter is your friend…

    Again thanks for the info bud…greatly appreciated!!


  32. Graham December 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Woohoo, go Magic Bullet and peanut butter! It’s very abrupt how quickly you begin to feel better, isn’t it, Steph? One day, you cannot breathe, and the next, you’re already drinking from a cup again.

    Glad the first week is now behind you. It only gets better from here!

  33. Steph December 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Hey Graham,

    What’s up?

    Lately i’ve been adding maple syrup I may never go back to solid food!!! (kidding) but it’s pretty good.

    I was wondering how long did you have issues with your nose…like weird bleeding or traces of blood etc. That’s the only issue i’m having right now.

    Thanks bud!

  34. Graham December 24, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    Steph, I had trouble with my nose for about 3–4 weeks. It seemed to clear up quite nicely after that. Cheers to being hooked on maple syrup! Go Canada!

  35. Caitlin January 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi Graham,

    I am 25 and in Ontario, I’ve been going back and forth for a long time now about jaw surgery/braces. I am now working full time and have good benefits, after reading through your blog I’ve decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

    My orthodontist told me I’ll get my braces end of next month and have the surgery a year afterwards then wear the braces for another 3-6 months.

    My question is what was originally told to you, I will do this either way however I want to know if realistically they are being optimistic and I should expect this process to take closer to 2 years or more.

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience, I think I will do the same just so I don’t go insane not being able to talk for weeks..

  36. Graham January 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Caitlin, I wore braces for 2 years prior to surgery and then for 9 months afterwards. However, my teeth were in very poor form beforehand, so I was stuck in braces for longer than most. Your orthodontist’s timeline sounds quite spot on, in my opinion. =)

  37. Candee April 21, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Hey. Just wanted to let you know that your blog has helped me survive the past few days. I had upper, lower and chin done. I never felt my overbite was that bad so I immediately regretted having the surgery because I was not prepared for the recovery. Cue out of character negativity and depression. Today (day 4) is the first day I’m starting to feel a bit better rather than worse. I keep returning to your blog and it makes me smile and reminds me this is temporary. I stopped all meds yesterday (but for occasional nasal spray and the rince) bc I think that was making me feel worse and although I have a headache I think it was the right choice. They were making me nauseous and emotional. I’m still doubting I’m going to say it was worth it but at least I’m starting to contemplate it. Lol. Thanks!

  38. Graham April 21, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Candee, first off, thank you for the kind words. I’m always happy to hear that my experience has provided even just a nugget of hope for someone going through a similar experience. While it’s easy to be emotionally down or regretful during these initial two weeks, try not to make any judgement calls until a couple of months have gone by. You may soon discover you’re really happy you took on the operation. Make sure you’re getting out for walks and appreciating the fresh air each day. =)

  39. Maureen June 15, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Graham, love your blog. My 15 year old had double jaw done yesterday. Wow, is this a much more involved process then I knew. She is nauseous and in pain 9 out 10 on the pain scale. Please tell me it gets better. It is hard to watch this process so I can’t imagine going through it.

  40. Graham June 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Maureen, the first week is the most difficult, for sure. The second week will be a lot less painful, but equally as frustrating. Once these initial two weeks are in the past, however, life will get a lot better for your daughter. I promise it gets better soon! =)

  41. Maureen June 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Graham, you are awesome to write back so quickly. I am glad to have an idea of a timeframe. Your blog is actually way more helpful than the doctor. We got a lot of comments about it will be hard and you will lose weight but no suggestions and no details. Thanks so much!!

  42. Terri June 19, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Hi Graham,

    I had double jaw surgery back on June 10th and I must say that your site has been the most helpful over the last 9 days. I had both upper and lower in order to correct my very large overbite and where my teeth never touched together and were deviated slightly to the left. I am so thankful to you as I have found that in speaking with my surgeon and orthodontist that they really don’t explain a lot about the recovery. For the first week I honestly thought I would suffocate and still have moments when I start to do things and have to literally count my breaths! I’m still here lol so am getting enough oxygen but boy it is hard sometimes. Then of course because of my face being pretty much “frozen” I have a drooling problem – very embarrassing! I have a question for you that although you and I have had basically opposite things done did you ever feel that your elastics had loosened too much? I find that I wwill wake up at night and find that my jaws are opened quite wide – even to the point I can get my tongue in between my teeth! Maybe these are the spasms you are talking about? Oh I have a splint wired to my top for 5 weeks and then the bottom elasticed to the top. I am to go to the orthodontist week 3 and she will put looser elastics on and then back to the surgeon at 5 weeks to remove my splint. Do you think I should call and have the orthodontist put more elastics on? Also, have you ever been in contact with anyone who still seems to have an overbite after surgery? Oh and I have quite the cuts under my top lip where my posts are cutting it. I can’t feel a thing but should I put some wax on to help or just leave it be where I am so numb? Thanks again for all your blogs and advice!

  43. Graham June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Hi Terry! I remember that feeling of not getting enough oxygen, as well as the delightful drooling phase, all too well. To answer your questions:

    1) I never noticed my elastics feeling “loose,” but if you’re noticing you have too much movement, chances are you do. Give your surgeon a call simply to see what they advise.

    2) Regarding having an overbite after surgery, I also felt like I had an overbite following my operation. You’re only 9 days into recovery at this point, which means your swelling is still masking the true nature of your bite. Give yourself another 4–5 weeks before passing any judgements on yourself.

    3) It’s safe to use wax as often as you like. It can be a huge comfort in these early weeks.

    Stay strong and you’ll feel much better a week from now. =)

  44. Michelle July 13, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    Hey Graham,I’m 15 right now, turning 16. I happened to stumble upon your blog here, and I must say, it helped me a lot more than some other site. I’m still considering if I should do the surgery or not. I have a under bite, but the doctor said for the surgery, I would have to do a surgery on the top jaw to move it forwards, and if needed they will move my bottom jaw too. Your double jaw surgery was like that right? You said that when you did the surgery, they also moved your nose to make you face more balanced, it doesn’t cost any extra fees? it’s all in the payment for the surgery?. After the surgery and after the painful chapter of your life following the surgery, have you every felt any pains in your jaw where you got your surgery done? cuz my mom was afraid that there might be some pains during seasonal changes or something. And one last thing, I was wondering if you’re awake for the surgery, because its an in mouth surgery,and it’d be kind of scary, to see all the tools and whats happening.
    Haha sorry for the bombard of questions. I’m just really worried. > <

  45. Graham July 15, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Michelle,

    1) I had double jaw surgery, so my top jaw was moved forward and my bottom jaw was moved backward.

    2) Reshaping your nose (and sometimes even your chin) does not cost extra—it’s all rolled into the upfront cost for the operation.

    3) I haven’t experienced any seasonal pain since undergoing the surgery. I’ve been pain-free since approximately two months into my recovery.

    4) You’ll be asleep during the surgery, so you don’t have to worry about seeing, hearing, or feeling anything.

    Good luck with your decision and be positive! =)

  46. See July 16, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Graham,

    I am glad I found your site. It has helped me alot during this process of jaw surgery. I was wondering if how long you had to wear the transpalatal arch for, if it was comftorable to wear and get used to? I have to wear one too and i just wanted to know some facts before getting it put in. Thanks!

  47. Graham July 18, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    See, I had to wear my splint for seven weeks, but that’s the longest of anyone I’ve met. It was not entirely comfortable and made it difficult to eat and maintain proper oral hygiene, but it’s only temporary and I still believe the surgery is well worth the trouble. Just imagine how happy you’ll be the day it comes out!

  48. Shella August 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi Graham

    First of all you look great. I just recently had the surgery on June 12, 2013 and only had the splint in for 4 weeks. I am due to go back and see doc again this coming Tuesday for my 2 month follow up and my jaw on the right side is still swollen. About how long did it take you for the swelling to go away? What did you do to make it go away?

  49. Shella August 7, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Well, I went in for my follow up only to get bad news. The screws are loose and my lower jaw has shifted so I have to go back in for surgery again to get that fixed. Not happy at all about it but got my question answered about the swelling while there and it is from the movement of my jaw and screws being loose.

  50. Graham August 8, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Shella, that’s frustrating, isn’t it? I’ve learned that approximately 10% of jaw surgery patients end up with loose screws and need to have them either adjusted or removed. So know that you’re not alone and that others have made it through this same situation with excellent results in the end. =)

  51. Holly October 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi Graham

    First of all, I just want to say that you have a great writing style. So witty and honest… Refreshing, mildly self deprecating and humourous. Ah-maz-ing :) And very Canadian. Your prolonged popularity attests to all of that.

    I stumbled on your site quite by accident when my surgery was officially booked (one week from today! YIKES!) When I started to read, I was in stitches (bah-dum-bum) and read it aloud to my family. My six year old’s fave part was when you described your post-surgery posterior problems :) At the time I was thinking… “Well, I am only having lower jaw surgery, so I won’t drool like a toddler.” Not so much, I’m afraid… Double jaws and chin for me too. Lucky me! I am nervous and excited at the same time. On a positive note, I am going to take this ‘jawportunity’ to lose my baby weight…. six years later… :) ha ha. I aim to be a late-life supermodel… Hey, a girl can dream, right?

    Thanks for this fantastic blog. I am sure it will become my ‘bible du jour’ when I compare your notes to my own experiences.

    Jaw-struck in PEI,


  52. Graham October 23, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Hello all the way from Alberta, Holly! I’m glad you (and apparently your family, ha!) found reason to smile somewhere in my writing. Perhaps that was always my unintentional goal with this.

    I wish you all the best in your “late-life supermodel” endeavour and look forward to seeing you gracing magazine covers soon!

  53. Lorençou February 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi, I like the results you got. If you don’t mind asking, where and which doctor operated on you and how much would it cost for a non-Canadian resident? I live in the US and looking to get a double jaw surgery for cosmetic reasons, one side of my face is bigger than the other and I’m looking for a symmetrical face. Thank you!!
    You look awesome by the way!

  54. Yogi February 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    Hi Graham,
    I have some questions to ask before thinking to take the surgery.
    What I need to do before going to take this surgery? Do I need to wear braces for few years before the surgery? I haven’t meet a doctor yet for my open bites issues because i dont think my parent allow me to undergo this surgery.

  55. Graham February 15, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Lorençou, my surgeon’s name is Dr. Saranjeev Lahl and you can find his information at his website. I’m not sure of the cost for a non-Canadian citizen as Alberta Healthcare would likely not cover the procedure. You’re welcome to call and ask, though. =)

  56. Graham February 15, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Yogi, surgeons generally like their patients to wear braces for 1–2 years before the operation. The reason for this is that they need to create a few artificial gaps in your teeth so they have room to cut into your jaw when you go in for the surgery. You’ll likely have to wear braces for 6–12 months following as well.

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

    Thx you so much for answering my question! :)

  58. 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,


  59. 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!

  60. 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. =)

  61. Graham June 3, 2014 at 9:49 am #

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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. =)

  64. 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.

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

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