Despite the fact that my orthodontist told me not to worry about not being able to open my jaw, I decided to go to my oral surgeon anyway. I’m switching insurance companies yet again tomorrow (finally going off COBRA!), and so I got in an appointment yesterday. He concurred that scar retraction does sometimes occur in the year after surgery, but he said it’s a bit more unusual that I’m having this problem so far out (11 months since my first surgery as of today). It turns out that I was on the right track with trying to force my jaw open, but I just didn’t hold it long enough (I was only holding it for 3-5 seconds). He gave me a whole stack of tongue depressors rubber-banded together, and for the next week, I have to wedge them between my teeth - adding another depressor each day - and hold them there for a minute or so. I have to go back in next Monday to follow-up (which, unfortunately, I’ll have to pay out of pocket), and I’m curious to see how much more effective this method will be, since I had gained back about 1/4″ of movement over 6 weeks with how I was doing it before. Dr. G. also took an X-ray to make sure that there wasn’t anything too abnormal going on with my jaw, and while he said it looked fine for the most part, he pointed out that my left joint had flattened out somewhat. Not sure what exactly that means for me, so hopefully I’ll remember to ask him about that at the next appointment.

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