My Jaw Surgery Story 2014

When I was a senior in high school, I was forced to stop playing the flute because the muscles in my lower jaw would spasm, quiver, and not allow me to play. Frustrated, I let it go and continued on with my life.

Throughout college, my once-straight teeth began to rotate out of place. At the same time, I started to get chronic headaches and jaw pain. I decided to look into Invisalign in November 2012 (in preparation for whenever my wedding day would be). I was quickly informed that my case would be much more invasive than that, if I chose to get my teeth fixed.

My bottom jaw had grown in my late teens/early twenties, which is rare for women. However, my upper jaw did not. What resulted was a vast underbite that could not be fixed without surgery.

I took six months to consider it. I visited one of my best friends in April 2013, visiting Scotland and the Highlands. It was this picture that made me decide to take the plunge and get my teeth fixed:


I didn’t like the direction my teeth were going (literally). And, as a Beachbody coach, I’ve learned that in order to get something different, you have to do something different.

I called my orthodontist the day we returned to the States and scheduled my braces to be put on before I could change my mind.

After 9 months of preparation with braces, I got jaw surgery in February 2014. I came through the surgery AND the recovery splendidly.

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

Here I am over 5 months post-op!

smile 5 months post op



Here are my final results!


My jaw surgery journey, in pictures

My jaw surgery journey, in pictures



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My Jaw Surgery blog posts:

How to Pick your Oral Surgeon for Jaw Surgery


Were you directed to my Gluten Free Advocate blog because of my experience with adult braces and oral surgery? I’ll be compiling my posts here for reference.

September 29: Drumroll please…my life without braces 

August 1: Jaw Surgery Update: 5 Months Post-Op!

March 10: Day 18 Post-Op

*Sunday Morning Breakfast Bowl 

March 9: Day 17 Post-Op

Ready to see something amazing?: Day 14, Post-Op

March 4: 12 days post-op, Doctor’s Update

*The most innocent cheat meal I’ve ever had.

February 28th: 8th full day post-op

*How to eat two bananas one week after surgery

February 26: 6th full day post-op

February 24: 4th full day post-op

BONUS POST- Jaw Surgery Essentials post-op

February 23rd- 3rd full day post-op

February 22, 2nd day full post-op

February 21: Post-Op, Day 2 

Monday, February 17, 2014: 3 Days Pre-Op 

Sunday, February 16, 2014: Jaw Surgery in T-Minus…

One thought on “My Jaw Surgery Story 2014

  1. Amanda, I just saw this blog post about your jaw surgery!!! Holy Cow! The difference is amazing. How wonderful for you!

    Be blessed
    Sandy Ozanich

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