My mouth opens about 5 centimeters now (and for the last two months), which seems about normal. 2) A water pik will be your best friend. In the end, I had very few of the smoothies and soups that comprised the bulk of my diet during the wired weeks. Don’t forget to eat. Thank you. I just don’t ride on busy roads. Wish me luck. To get more taste, use garlic, grated parmesan cheese, white wine, lemon juice etc and your soups will become quite tasty. I also lost quite a bit of weight and am thin to begin with. I had a distalizer appliance for 6 months and then got that removed and had braces put on (damon clear on top and metal on the bottom) a few months ago. Will they put me under or will it be a local in my mouth and gums? Several teeth feel sore to touch & move a bit . As I woke up I was bleeding a lot from my mouth and was not sure what had happened. I was numbed but by the time they were done giving me that many shots, I wasn’t convinced that it would have been preferable to either be put under or at least groggy or not to bother. Three weeks is still a long time. It’s alot of work staying healty. I know it doesn’t feel like it, but you are resilient for sure! My teeth were certainly a bit sore when I first got unwired. I’m sorry you’re going through such a difficult time. Did you get them? Just looking for a bit of advice regarding why my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. I know it’s easy for me to say, but if my mom used a computer, she’d tell you the same thing. But how long post wire removal were you able to open your mouth fully again? Good for you for getting that dig in. . Thank you so much! I likewise find it heartening to see people coming together here to offer our experiences and support to those who are going through this procedure. The recovery is slow (mine was anyway) – 6 months to a year, in fact, before I felt normal again (but that doesn’t mean I was miserable for all 6 months; it’s just a slow process). One of the most useful things I found out that improved my quality of life in spades was to request syringes at the drug store. I suppose all you can really do is trust in your surgeon and try to have faith that everything will turn out ok in the end. She seemed a little surprised, which scared me a bit. Luckily we were 10 minutes away from the “Mid Dakota” hospital (you know no one lives there when the hospital isn’t even named after a city), but after getting a CT scan and some pain meds, we had to drive 2 hours to Sioux Falls where I was supposed to get surgery. I had been drinking nothing but muscle milk the whole time. I didn’t experience anything like the tooth loosening, but my recollection is that I read something to the effect that wires around a tooth can cause gums to recede. I broke my jaw the beginning of summer june 28 and wired shut until end of August. The sole purpose of the wiring is to … I had my jaw wired shut for 6 weeks, and wore rubber bands for 2 weeks. So I didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter. Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic (or-thog-NATH-ik) surgery, corrects irregularities of the jaw bones and realigns the jaws and teeth to improve the way they work. Please take a few minutes and consider Yawning causes a bit of pain on one side and my jaw gets tired/sore when I chew something hard. Glad you’re seeking online support. You might want to check out the forums on archwired.com. I had no idea about upkeep, what I could consume or anything! My mouth will never be exactly the way it was before my accident, but it’s more than good enough for household use. Couple of other things I now remember helped me. If so, I hope I am able to open my mouth wide enough to consume slightly thicker foods since I can’t even have most blended foods. 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