Here are my before SARPE photos. These were taken 2 weeks before surgery:
Class 1 occlusion
Upper Jaw. Teeth are flared out.
Lower Jaw. Teeth are tipped in.
As you can see from above, my previous orthodontist gave me a nice bite and cosmetically straight teeth, however in order for my teeth to fit together he had to flare out my upper teeth in order to match the bottom teeth. Unfortunately, if I were to continue this way my top teeth would continue to tip in (teeth do not like to be in a flared out position, it is not stable) and my bottom teeth would follow (The bottom teeth always follow the upper jaw, unless you are in cross-bite, dentally speaking). As we age, our teeth continue this caving in process naturally, without wearing a retainer. In my case, my teeth would continue to tip in and in order to find room they would just get more crowded and start crossing each-other like my two front teeth (Not bad now, but given time I would have looked just like I did in high school.), even wearing a retainer every night, because my top teeth were so flared. Also, it is hard to tell from the photo, but my skeletal upper and lower jaws are actually in cross-bite (My upper jaw is narrower than my lower jaw, skeletally speaking). I opted to have a SARPE done so that my upper jaw would be set to the correct width so that my upper teeth will not be crowded ever again and therefore my lower teeth would stay in an upright position longer. This is obviously not going to be a huge cosmetic difference from the way I look now compared to other SARPE before/after photos I have seen. I am not doing this for cosmetic purposes, rather for the stability of a wider upper jaw as I age. As I have mentioned previously, if I would have had an expander at the age of 7 or 8 having SARPE surgery as an adult would not be necessary. That is why my husband and I are such huge supporters of a Phase 1/Phase 2 orthodontic approach (if there are skeletal issues present). Also, I have suffered from TMJ pain, possibly due to my skeletal cross-bite. I am hoping that this SARPE surgery will give me a more comfortable biting position and therefore alleviate the pain in my jaw joints as well. Only time will tell :)