I went to the orthodontist yesterday for a consulation. My front teeth are big and stick out at a funny angle, with a relaxed face my lips don't touch. I also have a very 'gummy' smile. I was prepared for her to talk through train tracks, extractions etc but she dropped a bit of a bombshell. Apparently, my face is out of proportion due to 'excessive verticle growth' of my upper jaw. That's why my lips don't naturally meet and why so much gum is on show. Anyways, Dr said that she could straighten my teeth, push front ones in, but I would still have a gummy smile. If I want a 'normal' smile then the only opition is jaw surgery. Initially I thought 'no way', but then I looked at before and after pictures and was impressed. She said she could refer me to hospital and surgery could be done on the NHS as it is an abnormality. It would be done for confidence/ self-esteem reasons. I just don't know what to do. I'd love a smile I'd be proud of, but I can't help thinking surgery is a drastic step. I would hate to be thought of as vain or doing it purely for cosmetic reasons. Those women who have boob-jobs and lipo on these TV shows just do my head in. Would I be judged the same as them? The whole treatment is long and involves a hospital stay and 2-4 weeks off work. Plus I'd have to wear train tracks before and after surgery, meaning lots of appointments and time off work. Any experience? Advice? Thanks in advance.