How much does it cost to get your jaw wired shut for weight loss?

How much does it cost to get your jaw wired shut for weight loss?

May 25, 2004 — Dentists are getting into the weight loss game. No, not by wiring your jaws shut or removing your teeth — but by selling a retainer-like device that makes you take smaller bites. Called the DDS System, the device costs nearly $500, and it is custom-made to fit the roof of your mouth.

Can you still get your jaw wired shut for weight loss?

People did lose weight initially when their jaws were wired shut, comparable to those who received bariatric surgery, but many of them regained the weight after doctors removed the jaw wires.

Can jaw wiring damage teeth?

What are the risks of jaw wiring? Your teeth may be damaged during the procedure. Fractured jaw bones may not heal properly, even with wiring.

Can you still talk with your jaw wired shut?

Your jaws will be wired together approximately six to eight weeks. This is the time it takes for the bones to heal in a good, strong union. During the time your jaws are wired together, you will find eating, talking and other daily activities somewhat difficult.

How do you brush your teeth if your jaw is wired shut?

You should brush your teeth after every meal and before bedtime. A small, soft, child size toothbrush is easier to use while your jaws are wired together. Brush your teeth by taking your finger and pulling out the cheek on the side that you plan to brush. Take your toothbrush and brush in and out.

Does jaw surgery make you look better?

Jaw surgery to correct an over-bite is often undergone to correct a “gummy smile.” The corrective surgery for this moves the jaw backwards and significantly alters the appearance of the chin, giving it a stronger, more pronounced look on the face.

When can you start eating after jaw surgery?

After surgery, it is very important to eat and drink enough to help you heal. You will need to follow a liquid or pureed diet until your jaw has healed. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when you can eat regular food.

Is it safe to do jaw wiring for weight loss?

According to Ted Rothstein, DDS, PhD, jaw wiring is a safe and relatively simple approach to weight loss 1 2. Dr. Rothstein states that the health dangers associated with gastric bypass are not present with jaw wiring since it is a non-surgical procedure.

How is the jaw wired in orthodontic brackets?

Under my OJWforWeightControl protocol, using standard orthodontic brackets, your jaw is wired in to its normal “rest” position and is being suspended not by the wires but by the muscles of mastication. The wiring simply prevents you from opening any further than that.

How is jaw wiring done in a dentist?

Jaw wiring is carried out while the patient sits on a dental chair; it is done in less than one hour and it is painless as a result of this there is no need for anesthesia. Jaw wiring is done for the purpose of preventing and controlling the consumption of solid food, resulting in an extreme reduction in calorie intake.

What does OJW stand for in orthodontic?

“OJW” is an acronym for Orthodontic Jaw Wiring for the purpose of Weight Control, especially for those who eat “compulsively under emotional stress”.

When to consider jaw wiring for weight loss?

Jaw wiring is a simple dental procedure and if you are morbidly obese, your doctor may recommend it as an alternative to gastric bypass or lap band surgery. Is This an Emergency?

Jaw wiring is carried out while the patient sits on a dental chair; it is done in less than one hour and it is painless as a result of this there is no need for anesthesia. Jaw wiring is done for the purpose of preventing and controlling the consumption of solid food, resulting in an extreme reduction in calorie intake.

Are there any health risks with jaw wiring?

Dr. Rothstein states that the health dangers associated with gastric bypass are not present with jaw wiring since it is a non-surgical procedure. To achieve the maximum weight loss benefits from jaw wiring, Dr. Rothstein recommends you limit the amount of high caloric beverages such as milk shakes and sports drinks 1.

Under my OJWforWeightControl protocol, using standard orthodontic brackets, your jaw is wired in to its normal “rest” position and is being suspended not by the wires but by the muscles of mastication. The wiring simply prevents you from opening any further than that.