Brandy's Braces, SARPE, Jaw Surgery Journal

This is my daily journal to my eventual perfect smile and Apnea free life. It logs my surgeries, and daily progress.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Up close and Personal With No "Goofy Smile"

Ok, someone (why are nasty comments always by someone annonymous?) complained in my comments that they wanted some real pictures instead of the same ones each week with my "goofy smile" That I'm apparently not showing pics that allow people to see the changes that have taken place adequately enough. Normally I would just delete a comment like this, however, today I decided to appease whoever wrote this comment. I took a bunch of pics of just my face with my hair pulled back, and no makeup on. I put then in a separate web album since there were just too many to post. There is just about every possible angle I could think of so hopefully this will satisfy "Annonymous" or anyone else interested in looking at the old and new changes up close and personal.
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  • At 11:05 PM, Blogger Leah said…

    Hey Brandy :)
    I am 24 hours and counting POST SARPE!
    How long did you wait before going back to work?

  • At 3:10 AM, Blogger Tara said…

    "Goofy Smile"? They are crazy. I LOVE your smile! It's not a fake, cheesy one... it's a true genuine smile. Ok, gotta go look at your pics now. But make sure you keep on smiling!!! It's contagous!

    ~ Tara

  • At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm not the anonymous from the previous post, but have to use that name, as I don't blog.

    I'm pleased to see pics in you other album without your smile. I think what you've done is amazing, and your smile looks nice ... but unnatural. Ghee it's hard to work out the right words, as I don't want to hurt your feelings in any way. I guess what I mean is ... do you smile naturally without showing so much of your teeth and without drawing your upper lip back so far. I'm sure you do, and I'm sure it's far more attractive than your 'over' smile. Plus when you 'over' smile your eyes look quite squint.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us ... it's amazing.


  • At 7:23 AM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said…

    Hey Leah,
    Congratulations! I waited three weeks and I was glad I did. I could've gone back at two though and been ok. Talking with the RPE was the hardest part for me. It took my tongue a couple of weeks to adjust to all the tongue gymnastics. If you don't have to talk a whole bunch though you should be fine.

    Thanks Tara,
    I like my smile too, and don't think it looks fake, but whatever I'm sure it is one of those things that is open to interpretation.

    Deb, annonymous posts are fine if you add your name at the end like you did. It just annoys me when people post stuff that is sorta rude and don't sign there name. Like they know what there posting is not cool and they don't want to be associated with it. YOu did not offend me at all. Actually that is my natural smile. I have a very thin upper lip so it draws back when I smile and there is not a lot I can do about that, and no I don't smile naturally a different way showing less teeth. I always smile really big,and always have, even before I had all of this surgery done. People have always told me that I have a very nice smile, so I suppose its one of those things that is sort open to interpretation. The old pic lower down, that shows before, during my SARPE, and now is probably the most unnatural smile ever from me. It is like a half smile, and is definitely not the norm for me. I'm not offended by your opinion at all though, I like my smile and since I'm the one that has to live with it I suppose that is what really matters right? I appreciate you saying what you did though, and hopefully the pics with no smile will be helpful to others who think the big smile is "goofy or unnatural looking"


  • At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great that you understood I wasn't wanting my post to sound mean.

    That's cool that it's your natural smile. I'm a portrait photographer and rarely see smiles like yours, but since it's your natural one, then it's all yours and that's great! Most females smile more gently, with upper teeth showing and only a little (if any) of their lowers. Although I do notice, what I call 'braces smiles' where people 'over' smile and I often ask them to close their mouth, now gently start to smile, till it feels natural. Most stop when the upper teeth only are showing and this is a natural relaxed look for them.

    Pleased that you're so happy with your smile. I'm still waiting to continue talks with my OS, so am gaining loads of inspiration from your writings.

    Thanks again, Deb

  • At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For everything you have been through, you do what ever you want. There will always be someone that is not happy. I appreciate your blogs and it has helped me go through this process. I'm 9 weeks post jaw surgery.


  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger laura said…

    omg wow, you can really see the difference in those new pics! It's wonderful. You even look younger.

    Have you noticed any change in your nose? It looks about the same. I'm wondering because some people's noses seem to get more ski-jump-like, and I'm kinda hoping mine will too =) But I can't tell which part of the surgery causes that.


  • At 10:43 PM, Blogger Shontell said…

    Oh Brandy.. I love your smile. Don't let anyone change it k?! SMILE BIG AND PROUD. Also, I think you look beautiful au naturale. Either way your beautiful. I can see the changes since your surgeries and they are AWESOME!!!!
    You should win a prize for your sweet personality. :D Have a grrreat weekend.

  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger Mary said…

    Hey Brandie, It seems to me that your blog is the most comprehensive blog with regard to orthognathic surgery, since you've had it all, including a SARPE. Your profile has been viewed over 4,000, that's way more than any of the other blogs! So I would just consider the anonymous comment a huge compliment. I think the person did not intend to insult but rather really is using your website for what you intended--a resource for those out there who want to know what to expect. "Big goofy grin" is really just an awkward way of saying that you have a really great smile that seems to detract from the changes in your face. Seriously, your blog is amazing and probably the best available resource. Its exactly what people need when they want to know what to expect or what to do. You could probably print it, bind it, and publish it.

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger V said…

    Hi Brandy! Thanks for all your posts.. I'm right at the beginning of my treatment for bimax correction of Class III underbite and you and everyone's blogs really help! Have been inspired to do the same. Hope you are well, the pics look great! xx

  • At 6:35 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    My goodness...I am at a loss for words. I guess I go back to the old saying...if you don't have something nice to say then you shouldnt say it at all. I really think for someone to just outright give negative and furthermore anonomous comments is just RUDE. If you posted a request for opinions on whether your smile looked forced or not that would be a different situation, but golly gee..what gives them the nerve? I just witnessed the same thing on youtube where someone left a basically RUDE religious comment on a little girls video who was saying a HAIL MARY. I thought to myself, what a pittiful person. If he prefers to not view Mary as the Mother of God then so be it, but why post on a childs beautiful video. He should just go make his own avenue for voicing his opinion. OK, I will get off my soap box for tonight....YOU LOOK MARVELOUS BRANDY...LOVE THAT MILLION DOLLAR SMILE!!

  • At 12:00 AM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said…

    Shontelle, V and Deb. I appreciate the support and encouragement.

    Mary, you are probably right. So much of the written word can be misinterpreted. Either way there are multiple pics posted now so its all good.

    Thanks Michelle, you are hilarious! I read your reply below to Annonymous...pretty funny. Anyway...thanks for the support and well all I can say is to quote Cartman on a South Park episode: "Whatever,whatever, I'll do what I want" LOL... I don't watch that show often but I do remember that particular episode and those words just keep running through my head.
    I will keep on smiling because well...that is what I do, and after this metal contraptions come off my teeth on the 29th, I will be smiling even more!

    I can say it truly a joy having all of you as supporters and blog buddies. It definitely makes this whole journey that much easier when you don't feel like you are having to go through it alone.

  • At 6:00 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    I love to spread humor, after all it makes us do what we do best, SMILE! BTW, love the way you took a pic of the polaroids, that was way too kewl.

  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger apnea mom said…

    Hi Chickie,
    Thanks for the array of pics. You look like your well-rested younger sister now. LOL! If "anonymous" had looked back at your whole blog she/he could see that your smile has been consistent throughout. Looks fine to me.

    So, how's the Sudafed/Augmentin regimen working out? That flu gone yet? LOL. But really, has it helped your sinus infection at all?

    So jealous that you are so close to getting the grill removed. Those are some nice smiling pics that I am looking forward to seeing.


  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger Shontell said…

    Leave it to a southern woman to tell it like it is eh Michelle? HA!

  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    Well us Southerners like to keep it real! I'm all about RESPECT and you just don't do that! His momma would be so ashamed of his potty mouth.


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