Another orthodontist appointment, another hope dashed of FINALLY being done with my jaw treatment. One of my bottom teeth has shifted, so my bottom retainer was adjusted to move one of the teeth (there’s a dispute concerning which tooth is actually moving - I think it’s the tooth just to the right of midline that’s moving back, and my orthodontist thought it was my tooth to the left of midline that was moving forward. He’s the one with the gloves and pliers, so the retainer was adjusted to move the left tooth back). He also adjusted the top retainer, which probably should have been done as soon as I first tried it on, since it was so loose I was always just a touch surprised that it didn’t dislodge during my sleep and choke me. So because of the adjustments, I’m looking at another full six weeks of wearing my retainers 24/7. Ughhh.

In the past six weeks, I’ve been able to open my mouth another 1/4″. Yes, I can open my mouth a whole 1 1/4″ inches now. I’m slightly concerned about this (I’m encouraged by the fact that I’ve able to gain some range back just by stretching my jaw muscles, but I don’t like not knowing what exactly is going on to make me lose so much range of motion), but my orthodontist said that it was to be expected within the first year after surgery. He didn’t say anything further about seeing my oral surgeon about possible scar tissue, and now I’m not sure if I should just go ahead and see my surgeon anyway - I’m switching insurance companies yet again in a couple weeks, and my surgeon is not in the new insurance’s network. Maybe I’ll try to get one more appointment in with him so I know if I even need to worry about finding a new surgeon…

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