Friday, July 13, 2012

REALLY Open Bite

My orthodontist told me at the beginning of this process that my bite would get MUCH worse before surgery, but I didn't believe him. I thought "How could my teeth look ANY worse than they already are?" Oh my, was he right. My bite is so open I can stick out my tongue while completely biting down. If it was just aesthetics, I wouldn't even mention it, but the biggest thing I'm dealing now is the way I speak! I have developed a CRAZY lisp. I think I had a bit of one before the braces, but now it's a full blown speech impediment. I didn't realize how bad it was until I tried to make a video about a month ago for a post. I was shocked (horrified) when I played it back.  I cringe every time I speak!

Here's a comparison of my original vs. new, more open bite: