Danielle’s story: Reconstructive jaw surgery ‘worth it’

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

By: Molly Soto

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Danielle Morton has always struggled with the way her jaw formed. It has affected her physically and emotionally for as long as she can remember.


“Eating wise, it’s really hard for me to bite down on certain foods, almost impossible,” said Morton, 19, of Sheboygan. “There are a lot of foods that I’m not able to eat. 


“I’m very self-conscious. I don’t like to take pictures or be in pictures just because my side profile – I feel like I look very masculine, like my face is very concave.”


Morton had to wait until she was done with her final set of braces and her growth had been completed before she could have jaw surgery.


With tears in her eyes, she explained her hope for the surgery:


“I’m hoping that I will have a smile I’m confident with and that I’ll be able to go through life feeling more confident, feeling pretty,” Morton said.


“What I was really looking forward to is just one day, finally being able to do my makeup and my hair and be happy for once.”


About a year before her surgery, she started meeting with Dr. Courtney A. Anderson, a surgeon with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons BayCare Clinic.


After multiple consultations to evaluate radiographs and orthodontic progress, Morton had reconstructive jaw surgery with Dr. Anderson at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She went home the next day.


After recovering from surgery, Morton was most excited about seeing what she looked like without her braces and with her reconstructed jaw.


Morton is delighted with the results.


“Eating is so different now. Before I was insecure when I ate and I felt like my jaw was obnoxious.  Now I get to feel how a mouth should feel.  It’s such a great feeling,” she said.


“I feel like I have a lot more confidence. When I look in the mirror, to see myself smile and to see that I am a completely different person is very nice.  It’s a very comforting feeling.”


Simply put, Morton said, “It’s worth it.”


Dr. Courtney Anderson sees patients in Green Bay, Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay. To request an appointment, call 920-347-0400 or do so online.

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Courtney A. Anderson, DDS, is a Board Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Anderson completed her dental education at the University of Minnesota Dental School in Minneapolis, and did her residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center Lackland Air Force Base.

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