Before and After Photos

These photos and X-rays were taken both before and after my double jaw surgery experience. They do a decent job of showing the drastic change that took place on the operating table.

Before the surgery

These X-rays show my bite when I first got braces in 2008 and again two years later when my teeth are aligned. The photos demonstrate what I looked like just before having surgery.

A few things to note here are how poorly my teeth fit together and the fact that my lower jaw extends beyond my top jaw (ie. underbite). I never realized quite how crooked my bite was before the braces worked their magic.

Feb 11, 2008 — I just had braces put on in this X-ray. Notice the underbite!

Feb 11, 2008 — Are you convinced my bite was poor enough to warrant surgery now?

Feb 9, 2010 — This is after wearing braces for two years.

Feb 9, 2010 — I challenge you to try biting an apple, or even a chip, when your front teeth refuse to touch.

Feb 9, 2010 — These photos were taken just before having surgery. Notice the underbite and the awkward smile.

After the surgery

These photos and X-rays show the state of my bite three months after having surgery. A few things to note here:

  • I look much more confident when I smile.
  • My teeth finally fit together like they’re supposed to.
  • Sadly, my molars aren’t touching on the left-hand side of my mouth.
  • Oh, and I have 8 titanium plates permanently holding my skull together… cyborgs unite!


May 10, 2010 — These X-rays were taken three months after surgery. My underbite is no more!

May 10, 2010 — My journey to becoming a robot begins here.

Jun 22, 2010 — I’m still a bit swollen in these photos, but notice how my upper jaw now sits ahead of my lower jaw. As a bonus, my smile is more confident now!

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


  1. This site has been a godsend. Over the summer, I found out I need double jaw surgery for asymmetry in both of my jaws. I cried and was terrified. Your site has calmed me down (although it’s still terrifying). Projected surgery is Jan 2017. I’ve was in 3 years of orthodontic treatment using Invisalign and the asymmetry was missed (long story). When I relocated to another state for a job, I thought I was done but guess what! It’s very apparent I have asymmetry and my TMJ is fully present. I work full time with college students doing lots of talking. What would you had a recommended for the length of time off? I’m thinking 3 weeks right now.

    • Lindsay, if you’re required to talk a lot at your job, I would recommend taking a full month off. Personally, I returned to work as a programmer after 2 weeks of recovery, but I was unable to speak and could only communicate via email.

      It’s also important to note that the more you talk during that initial month, the greater your swelling will be, so talking all day can lead to much frustration and discomfort.

      If you rest for a full month, you should be able to ease yourself back into your job without too much trouble. :)

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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. =)

  6. 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!

  7. 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,


    • 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. =)

  8. Thx you so much for answering my question! :)

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