2+ Years Later

5 Sep

According to my dentist, I now have a “normal persons jaw”.  I can still feel it a little. Every now and then it clicks, but it does not cause me pain or keep me from eating anything. I still can’t bring myself to eat an apple. I think that is more because of the tooth I chipped though. My dentist built it up twice only for it to fall out, so I always had that fear. I now have a crown which shouldn’t fall out, but if it did that pain would be beyond belief.  So, if not being able to eat an apple is the worst long term effect of my accident I think I’m doing alright.

I keep getting comments from people who have broken their jaws. It’s weird how there is this little community of us. I have to admit, I’d rather not be a member, but I am. I am glad my blog will hopefully help someone else make it through their time weird shut.  If you have just stumbled across my blog, feel free to leave a comment or a link to your own blog.  I know I found it comforting to connect with other people who had been through a broken jaw before.

19 Responses to “2+ Years Later”

  1. lucas January 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Hey man I broke my jaw back in sept of 2012 an I’m now starting to feel the long term affects did u suffer for the frist little while with a lot of tightness at the sides of ur face/jaw its really uncomferable if u did how long did it last for plus I was smokeing ciggerattes an weed about 3 weeks into me have my jaw wired shut I know ciggerattes were a really stupid idea an I think I’m paying for it now can u help shed some light on this whole thing an answer some of my question please

  2. sacha November 11, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you for your blog. My husband broke his jaw in 2 places and it is still (after 25 days) wired shut. We are hoping that at his appointment tomorrow the wires will come off. We were already told that the screws would stay in for another 2 weeks. Big thanks for the recipe ideas we used them a lot. Finally, it is nice that you continues to blog as there is very little information on what to expect after the wires come off. Hope all is well for you!

    • Michaela November 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Hi Sacha, Glad I was able to be of help! It’s been about 4 1/2 years now, according to my dentist, I have a normal jaw. There are some things that I struggle with still, like eating tough bread or biting into an apple. I can feel it a bit in the extreme cold too. Hopefully your husband gets his off before the holidays so he can enjoy all the good food, even if it has to be mashed!

  3. moe September 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    i had my jaw fractured in 3 places , had a car accidnt, also broke 5 teeth , anyways im 5.5 weeks through the treatment , right now i have 4 elastics and 2 wires on each side, but the wires on one side broke, now my jaw is hanging sideways, i cant contact my doctor shes on holiday for a week, should i clip the wire on the other side too or let it be sideways? theres 4 rubber band already

    • Michaela September 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      I would ask who his/her back up is. If she doesn’t have one, find one!! I wouldn’t want it to heal incorrectly and have to go through any extra treatment.

  4. Varun November 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks for your blog Michaela! I’m 22 days away from getting my wires removed and 10 days in I feel like I can do it. Most helpful was the part where you described what you could eat after the wires because that’s what I’m looking forward to!

  5. Maz December 1, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you for your blog, it gave me a lot of incite and help! Being wired is a huge struggle in a lot of different ways that other people will never understand. Left side of my jaw was shattered when I was bucked off a young horse I was training. Have been wired for almost four weeks, had the wires cut yesterday and the arch bars will remain for 2 more weeks. I completely understood when you talked about being able to feel your jaw move when you were still wired. Thank you for also detailing how far open you could get your jaw, helped me understand how long it will take to feel back to normal.

  6. Sean March 31, 2016 at 3:24 am #

    Stumbled on this as I seem to have done the exact same thing as you. Fell off my bike, chipped 2 teeth, stitches in my chin and now my jaw wired shut because it was broken. It’s currently day 3 for me and keeping positive is my focus. It has to be!
    Your blog is insightful, so thank you!

    • Michaela March 31, 2016 at 9:42 pm #


      I’m so sorry to hear you are going through this. Glad my blog is able to help you at least a little. It is miserable while you are in it, but it will get better! You’ll learn a whole new appreciation for food!


  7. I September 15, 2016 at 4:17 am #

    Hey Michaela,

    I found your blog and I’m really thankful I can read more about this. Unfortunately, I fell almost 2 weeks ago and broke my jaw. I will have my jaw wired shut for 4 weeks. I have a strange question: when I look in the mirror I feel like my face look different. Is it because of the wires? Will everything go back to normal after I have them removed?

    Thank you!

    • Michaela September 18, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

      Hmm – It’s been awhile now, but I think I felt my face looked puffy. I’m sure it was from the wires and the inability to unclench my teeth. I’m sure once all has healed your face will be back to normal!! Hang in there, I know how much it sucks to be wired!

  8. emilys72016 May 20, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    Thank you for sharing your experience! I just fractured my jaw in three places in a cycling accident and got wired up several days ago. Your daily menus gave me some ideas for varying mine. I will only be wired for two weeks and then go to bands with the arch wires still in place. Not sure how long those will be on, but it will depend on my progress. I read your entire blog and was so glad to see your good result. Mine is a little more complicated with three fractures and badly messed up bite before surgery, but I am hopeful my outcome will eventually be good. I am nervous about getting back onto my bike but hope to be able to conquer that fear eventually. Thanks again!

    • Michaela May 21, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      Wishing you a speedy recovery! I’ll be honest it took me a long time to be comfortable on my bike again. But, I also got pregnant with my first son shortly after so that kept me off the bike for awhile. It was about a year and half after the accident that I could really get back on. If you can try to get back on as soon as you can! I hate long descents (even though I crashed on a bike path!!), I live in CO though so our descents can be pretty steep and curvy.

      • emilys72016 May 22, 2017 at 5:39 am #

        I never minded descents, but since I crashed on a blind downhill curve (I hit a little girl on a bike who pulled right out in front of me), I am going to be more fearful than I was, though this is probably a healthy fear! Would love to see a final photo of you on your blog; I assume your braces are off now? Not sure if I will have to have braces or not yet. Oral surgeon says maybe, but it will depend on how my bite is after my jaw heals and the arch bars are off.

    • emilys72016 May 22, 2017 at 5:42 am #

      I don’t know why I said above that “mine was a little more complicated” as nothing could be more complicated than the damage you had! As far as I know (so far) I had no tooth damage. Yours was just horrific! I had been reading lots of blogs that day and may have been thinking of one that only broke their jaw in one place. Yours was by far the scariest one I read — your photos were hard to look at. But I admire you for sharing your journey. My stomach turned just imagining the pain you must have experienced!

  9. Dolly July 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    This blog helped me so much during the four weeks my jaw was wired shut. It was honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through and have a complete new appreciation for food. I got in a car accident and broke my jaw and was wired shut for 4 weeks. I’m on week 2 of being wire free and I’m eating soft foods like rice, pasta things like that. It gets boring but I’m so happy to actually be able to have whole food in my mouth instead of all my food in the blender. I am only able to open my mouth wide enough to put one finger in my mouth anymore seems impossible and I’m too scared too. I’ll start physio for my jaw next week and I’m hoping that will help. I was so happy to find this blog when I was going through the first week of my liquid diet. It’s such a hard thing to go through and it makes it a little easier reading people stories and how they coped with their days being wired shut. So I thank you!

    • Michaela July 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Dolly, Sorry I’m just responding, I’ve been traveling a bit. I’m so glad this blog helped!! When I was going through it all I felt so alone. You can not understand how miserable having your jaw wired is unless you’ve experienced it. I hope your recovery is going well. I’m 7 years post wires now and I still have to rip up pieces of dinner bread or pizza crust instead of biting into it. I think that may be more mental than physical though!

  10. 1zenmama September 28, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    I see this is 5 years old, but in case you still check here – thank you for your posts! I also fell off my bike, I was training for a race too. My ‘after the crash’ pic looks so much like yours it’s crazy! I broke my left side in two places, and also broke my two front teeth. I can’t believe you hopped back on and rode home!! I wandered to a main road and called my husband. I’ll be wired for another few weeks, so it’s really helpful to see what to expect. Hope you’re still feeling all healed and that you’re still riding!

    • Michaela October 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

      Hey – I am back to riding! I had 2 kids after my crash, so that put a little damper in my riding time. I recently got a new bike that I can tow my toddler around in and we go on regular family rides. I just need to find time to go on more solo rides!

      It feels like forever while you are wired, but it will be over eventually! I’m actually back on a shake kick after some blended food PTSD!! I just made one that tasted way better than it sounds – protein powder, plain greek yogurt, almond milk, banana, spinach and almond butter. Similar to the one I drank a lot when wired, but a little more nutrition in it.

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