My top right lip isn't so sneery anymore, it's definitely improving. The numbness isn't so 'solid' feeling either, but it's still there. I do have a kind of light sensation on the very surface of the top right lip and the skin above it now, but there's a numbness deeper down.
I am still pretty swollen on the right hand side.
Below I am opening my mouth slightly, which shows the bite better:
But check out what my bite used to be like! (This one is me trying to get my front teeth together - my backmost left molars were touching). I LOVE my new overlap. And I haven't even got to use it yet.
Wow. Seeing these photos, and comparing to the before photos (see more in July postings), makes me realise what a MAJOR improvement there is! It's just so amazing that the surgeons can do such things. And the way it happens in the space of a few hours, after years of wishing for that nasty extra bone to be gone. It is still hard to hang in there and wait for my bite to be aligned - wait for the midlines to line up - but it really helps to see the overall improvement.
Clenching update: on Saturday night I put 3 bands on either side and I was clamped tight so hard I couldn't do a thing! I did it so I couldn't clench/grind. But I woke up in agony, it was like my teeth were being ripped out of their sockets with the tight bands. So now I'm wearing two on the left and one on the right. It feels like it improves my bite, and the pain is all gone - well sometimes there is the slightest twinge in my jaw joint that scarcely enters my consciousness. Could it be the band configuration or the anti-inflammatory pills my surgeon has me on again? I don't know.
I feel like a renegade doing the different band configuration without my orthodontist's approval. But I can't bear to harrass the poor man anymore, and I see him on Thursday anyway. I wonder what he'll say. Has he ever had a patient who takes matters into her own hands? Will he scold me? Am I being silly doing it? It feels very right so I will just trust myself.
My speech isn't great because the bands are tight. I am still mainly on mush but can jam things like noodles, chocolate brownie and bacon and egg pie through the small gap in my teeth, and mush them with my tongue, so I am managing to eat plenty.
Today I was tired. Very hard to get out of bed and had to have a sleep in the afternoon. But this has become unusual and I'm fairly good most days. Although I can't do as much as I used to. I know that will return.
My sleep is acceptable. I sleep all night but surface quite often. There is a slight discomfort to my jaw. Not really pain. Often a headache still, but not a really bad one. It usually goes when I get up.
I definitely have less numbness. The spot on the right hand side of my nose that hums in a warm fuzzy way when I wash my face has a fair bit of surface sensation now although seems numb underneath the skin. And the exploding tight feeling under my nose has eased a lot.