A make-up artist was called ‘Shovel Face’ by bullies because of an extreme underbite, but thanks to jaw surgery, the cruel epithet no longer applies.
After six years of ‘hiding’ her chin, Jordan Davies underwent an excruciating four-and-a-half-hour operation which involved breaking her upper and lower jaws, then realigning and fixing them in place with metal plates and screws.
The 21-year-old’s lower jaw was so far forward that doctors told her the underbite would only become a bigger problem and that it would be difficult for her to eat.
“As soon as I was told I had an underbite, it was in my head, like, ‘Oh my God, I have this problem,’ and then it just got worse,” shared Davies, who is a makeup artist. .
She was so confident about her jawline that she tried to “hold it back” and pose in a way that made her profile less prominent, as well as avoiding going out in public.
“I never felt completely confident in myself because I always thought I couldn’t show [the underbite]she admitted. “The comments did affect me, but I wanted to do the surgery for myself too, because they said it would get worse and eating would also become a bit difficult.”
Davies has wanted surgery to fix her jaw since she was 15 and even spent three years in braces to straighten her teeth to prepare for the operation.
He decided to undergo double jaw surgery in March 2022. Davies had the operation at the Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales.
“Surgery was always something I wanted to do because I was self-conscious,” Davies said. “I was nervous, but excited. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and I just wanted to finish it.”
Now 10 months post-surgery, Davies feels confident enough to go out in public and smile with her teeth exposed – something she felt she could never do before.
Although she was swollen at first, she is extremely happy with the results of the surgery and now loves the way she looks in the mirror and really enjoys interacting with others.
“I look in the mirror and I like what I see. It’s me, and it’s not. When you look at yourself for 21 years and then you look in the mirror [after surgery], it’s different,” Davis said. “At first, I felt like it didn’t look like me, but I think it’s just a process you have to go through.”
She added that she gets really nice comments from people who tell her she looks “much better”.
The beautician said she recommends it to other women in a similar situation.
“I can be myself. I felt like I was just holding back before, like I was hiding this insecurity,” Davies said. “But now, I can go out and I can see my friends now without being held back.”