Thursday, 6 September 2012

21 Days Post Op Update

Hi everyone, I've been taking a set of pictures every day from day 1. I will get around to posting them soon so you can see the progress in regards to the reduction of swelling, the reversal of a crooked nose, etc. :P

My swelling is basically all gone, with the exception of some in the cheeks and a bit on the bottom of my chin.

With my midline, I remember after the surgery and a week afterward that it was pretty much dead on. As days went by though, it shifted a little bit to the right (about 1 to 2mm). Of course, being me, literally the definition of a worry wart, called in frantic panic about it. To sum it up - Don't worry about it! It's the muscles of the jaw pushing one side a little of kilter temporarily due to it being in a new position. All will be fixed in due time, and, if it was the off chance the teeth shifted - surprise, no big deal for your Ortho.

My next concern was yawning; when you yawn, you naturally open your mouth, but - I can't! I'm banded shut, which would mean I would be pulling on my elastics, my top jaw, and putting downward pressure on my bottom jaw - still, no need to worry. The screws and plates are there for a reason :P

Now on to my next worry, which I will I am sure will alllll be good when I go and ask him on my next appointment - teeth clenching! I noticed that since I've been doing the elastics I have been clenching randomly. Most of the time, I believe anyway, I'm not clenching. I don't feel pain; even when I do realize I'm clenching though there's really no pain so I figure I'm not doing it as bad as others. Still, I read, I worry, and go crazy. I've seen posts where people say it's fine, and others who say it's a big no-no. We will see on Wednesday!

I'm planned to go back to work on the 17th, but we'll see officially on the 12th when I visit my OS, and, for the first time post op, my ortho.

Cheers all!


  1. These are good to hear. My surgery will be a week from tomorrow, and I'm sure I would have these exact same concerns.

  2. Hey Urban! Best of luck! I will be sure to post an update on Wednesday with my MASSIVE list of questions I have for my surgeon and ortho! Hope it helps you!

  3. Hi i was wondering if you are from toronto. If you are from toronto who is your orthodontist and oral surgeon. I am in the process of getting braces, and I have heard dr. tocchio is good. I just want to hear from other people that is why I am asking who your orthodontist and oral surgeon are. Do you have any before and after pictures. Thanks

  4. Hi Jerry, yes I am from Toronto.

    Dr. Tocchio I heard good things on as well, however my surgeon was Dr. Caminiti. Dr. Tocchio and Dr. Caminiti worked together back in the day and then went on to create their own practices. I can't speak to Dr. T aside from what I read, but I can say Dr. C is awesome! Very helpful, comforting, and talented.

    My Orthodontist team is Davis Orthodontics. They have offices in Woodbridge, Richmond Hill, and Newmarket.

    As for pictures, I do, I'll have to get them up here soon! I'm at work right now so I don't have them on me but I will put them online for you.

    If you have any more questions just ask, I get the alerts of a new comment to my email.