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  • naturallyweird
    Hi, all I began my treatment in March of 2001, with the expectation that the surgical aspect of it would be done in a year, a year and a half, at most. With
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 1, 2002
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      Hi, all

      I began my treatment in March of 2001, with the expectation that the
      surgical aspect of it would be done in a year, a year and a half, at
      most.

      With the exception of a two-three month period in which my braces
      were off, everything has been gone fairly smoothly. However, I
      still have gaps between my teeth (as a result of extractions). I
      was told they will not be gone until March, making that the time I
      will be truly ready for the lower-jaw surgery.

      I have repeatedly told my current dentist that I need to get the
      operation done before then. I do not care if that makes the
      surgeon's job harder or increases the chances that the results won't
      be perfect (from the outside, they almost certainly will be, which
      is what matter mosts to yours truly). Since this specialist has
      already BSed me before, I am concerned that he will not give me the
      go-ahead for the time I want, which is a few months away.

      I feel like twisting his arm behind his back and making him do it.
      I have been screwed over enough thank you. Why am I so late?
      Granted, I have a pretty severe, Class 2 occlusion and I once wore
      braces for five years (as a kid, when I had no idea what was going
      on), but various people promised me the operation would be done by
      now and I have never heard of its taking this long for anyone. Why
      me? The current dentist will not answer that. I suspect that he
      and his predecessors messed up and that everyone covers up for one
      another.

      Would threatening to file a complain get him to abide by my
      schedule? Oh, to answer the question, I am stuck with this guy;
      there is no one else in the area who could take my case and not
      cause even more delays.
    • netalee26
      I really don t know where I should begin. Your frustration over this whole thing is very apparent so I guess I ll start by telling you to take some deep
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 1, 2002
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        I really don't know where I should begin. Your frustration over this
        whole thing is very apparent so I guess I'll start by telling you to
        take some deep breaths, try to relax, and just know that you are not
        alone. We understand COMPLETELY and I'm sure that you will hear other
        people tell you of their delays as well. I just happen to be the only
        crazy one up at this hour so I thought I'd put in my 2cents.

        As far as I know I was pretty much on track timewise but I also
        relapsed twice so even if you had surgery tomorrow there are no
        guarantees. This is not to scare you, but just to make you aware that
        this is not 100% predictable. My best guess it that the ortho
        estimated the best he could and either he's a bad predictor or your
        teeth are stubborn. Also, could it be that he is adding a few months
        to his estimate just to make sure you don't get disappointed if an
        earlier date doesn't work out??

        I completely understand wanting to get this done with ASAP (my
        brother has a wedding in June that I'd like to be healed for) but
        trust me...there is NO WAY you'd want less than perfect results after
        going through this type of surgery. It is a LOT to go through to have
        a half ass job done.

        This procedure is mostly a huge lesson in patience so please keep
        positive and don't make any rash decisions. Keep posting and venting
        here so you can see that you're not alone.

        I have my first adjustment tomorrow (just got braces on 6 weeks ago)
        and I'm hoping to find out if he can tell me how my teeth have moved
        in comparison to how he thought they would. I'm hoping for the best
        of course but if he says that they are moving slowly then I'll just
        have to accept that and try not to freak out about it. It's hard at
        times not to loose it, and I'd be lying to you if I said I don't
        break down and cry almost daily but then I think of this group and
        it's a great shoulder to lean on!!

        Best wishes to you, waiting can be harder than the recovery at
        times!!!
        Neta-lee

        orthognathicsurgerysupport@y..., naturallyweird <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > Hi, all
        >
        > I began my treatment in March of 2001, with the expectation that
        the
        > surgical aspect of it would be done in a year, a year and a half,
        at
        > most.
        >
        > With the exception of a two-three month period in which my braces
        > were off, everything has been gone fairly smoothly. However, I
        > still have gaps between my teeth (as a result of extractions). I
        > was told they will not be gone until March, making that the time I
        > will be truly ready for the lower-jaw surgery.
        >
        > I have repeatedly told my current dentist that I need to get the
        > operation done before then. I do not care if that makes the
        > surgeon's job harder or increases the chances that the results
        won't
        > be perfect (from the outside, they almost certainly will be, which
        > is what matter mosts to yours truly). Since this specialist has
        > already BSed me before, I am concerned that he will not give me the
        > go-ahead for the time I want, which is a few months away.
        >
        > I feel like twisting his arm behind his back and making him do it.
        > I have been screwed over enough thank you. Why am I so late?
        > Granted, I have a pretty severe, Class 2 occlusion and I once wore
        > braces for five years (as a kid, when I had no idea what was going
        > on), but various people promised me the operation would be done by
        > now and I have never heard of its taking this long for anyone. Why
        > me? The current dentist will not answer that. I suspect that he
        > and his predecessors messed up and that everyone covers up for one
        > another.
        >
        > Would threatening to file a complain get him to abide by my
        > schedule? Oh, to answer the question, I am stuck with this guy;
        > there is no one else in the area who could take my case and not
        > cause even more delays.
      • till_shiloh
        HANG IN THERE. I don t think these orthos and surgeons realise how much of our lives we plan around this surgery. Everything in my life became either before
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 1, 2002
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          HANG IN THERE.
          I don't think these orthos and surgeons realise how much of our
          lives we plan around this surgery. Everything in my life became
          either before the surgery, after the surgery or when I get my braces
          off.

          I got my braces on in September 2000.
          I got the okay to have the surgery in February 2001.
          (all ortho work done)
          Well my wait for a surgery room was so long....
          we ended up getting pregnant that July....Had the baby in March 2002
          and never had to postpone my date.....

          Hang in there.
          Oh yeah and I took a cancellation to get in that early!
          And to add insult to all that waiting in my pre-surgical appointment
          the surgeon said - nah lets not do it I don't see much of a point...
          I said listen buddy its not for cosmetic reasons...remember.

          Relax we all get super rilled up about our bites!
          Don't threaten your docs remember they won't do a better job if you
          stress them out too. It might be wise to ask your ortho if you
          could get a referral to another surgeon? I did....but they all had
          the same BS wait times (socialised medicine)

          Oh yeah and did I mention I didn't need any ortho work at all.
          My teeth were perfectly straight they just put the braces on to make
          sure there was no movement.....

          So perfectly straight teeth and I am at 2 years and 2 months.
          My ortho says I should have the braces off in 3 months...
          But if I got one SMALL PIECE OF ADVICE...
          Never ask when.
          Cause I don't believe they truly truly know.
          See I'd have had my braces off by now but i became a suck at those
          elastics too too much pain, so I got to go a little longer.

          Shiloh

          --- In orthognathicsurgerysupport@y..., naturallyweird
          <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > Hi, all
          >
          > I began my treatment in March of 2001, with the expectation that
          the
          > surgical aspect of it would be done in a year, a year and a half,
          at
          > most.
          >
          > With the exception of a two-three month period in which my braces
          > were off, everything has been gone fairly smoothly. However, I
          > still have gaps between my teeth (as a result of extractions). I
          > was told they will not be gone until March, making that the time I
          > will be truly ready for the lower-jaw surgery.
          >
          > I have repeatedly told my current dentist that I need to get the
          > operation done before then. I do not care if that makes the
          > surgeon's job harder or increases the chances that the results
          won't
          > be perfect (from the outside, they almost certainly will be, which
          > is what matter mosts to yours truly). Since this specialist has
          > already BSed me before, I am concerned that he will not give me
          the
          > go-ahead for the time I want, which is a few months away.
          >
          > I feel like twisting his arm behind his back and making him do
          it.
          > I have been screwed over enough thank you. Why am I so late?
          > Granted, I have a pretty severe, Class 2 occlusion and I once wore
          > braces for five years (as a kid, when I had no idea what was going
          > on), but various people promised me the operation would be done by
          > now and I have never heard of its taking this long for anyone.
          Why
          > me? The current dentist will not answer that. I suspect that he
          > and his predecessors messed up and that everyone covers up for one
          > another.
          >
          > Would threatening to file a complain get him to abide by my
          > schedule? Oh, to answer the question, I am stuck with this guy;
          > there is no one else in the area who could take my case and not
          > cause even more delays.
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