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Hello. I am 23 yrs old. I had braces for 6 years when I was younger ( from 9-15) to correct my teeth alignment. Because of being unsure of taking the step toward fixing my underbite through surgery I opted to leave my jaw. It now is causing my headaches and other problems, and visualy my profile bothers me. I am looking into having the surgery done at this point in my life, but am wondering if I would still need to have braces put back on? I was also told when I was younger that my jaw would have to be wired shut, is this still the case? Thanks for any info!

Yes, before the surgery you would need to wear braces again to properly align your teeth for the surgery. Unfortunately this is needed not only in terms of occlusion as the final result, but the facial profile may greatly depend on the orthodontic alignment of teeth. What concerns wire shutting - we do not recommend wire shutting - we try to do surgery as precise as possible so that there would be no need for wire shutting, only a few guiding elastics are present after surgery for a few weeks.
 
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