A make-up artist who was branded ‘shovel face’ by school bullies due to her extreme underbite is now able to smile again thanks to gruelling jaw surgery.
Jordan Davies’s bottom jaw sat so far forward it left her with a prominent chin, with doctors warning her it might leave her struggling to eat.
Last March, Jordan, of Newport, south Wales, underwent a four-and-a-half operation in which her top and bottom jaws were broken, realigned and secured in place with metal plates and screws.
The 21-year-old now says she is more confident and can look in the mirror and feel happy about herself.
Jordan said: ‘As soon as they [doctors] told me I had an underbite, it was in my head, like, “oh god, I’ve got this problem”, and then it got worse and worse.
‘I received comments from people all the time. People would call me “shovel face”, which sounds awful, and I would get bullied for it.
Jordan Davies, 21, from Newport, South Wales, claims she was bullied at school and branded ‘shovel face’ due to her extreme underbite – she then underwent double jaw surgery to correct it (pictured before)
Jordan pictured following her surgery. She now says she can look in the mirror and is happy going out with friends
Jordan (pictured now) says she has a new-found confidence following the surgery and says she can look in a mirror
‘I hid it a lot as well. You can’t let yourself go in public, you’re always trying to hide it and hold your jaw back.’
She first heard about surgery to correct the problem aged 15, and longed for it since then.
Making plans for the operation, she spent three years in braces to straighten up her teeth.
But while waiting, she often ‘held her jaw back’, posing in such a way to make her jutting profile less obvious.
After doctors explained her underbite would only worsen and eventually make eating difficult, self-conscious Jordan decided to undergo double jaw surgery in March 2022.
She says: ‘The surgery was always something I wanted done because I was self-conscious.
‘I was nervous, but excited. I’d been waiting a long time for it and I just wanted to get it over and done with.
‘I never fully felt confident in myself because I was always thinking that I couldn’t show it [the underbite].
‘The comments did affect me, but I wanted to get the surgery done for me as well, because they said it was going to get worse, and that eating would become a bit of a struggle too.’
Jordan (pictured before the operation) often used to hide her underbite by pulling her jaw backwards. She says it stopped her enjoying socialising
Jordan underwent the gruelling surgery in south Wales after years of being bullied and made to feel self-conscious
Following the surgery in March 2022, Jordan – who is a beauty expert – was left with a bruised and swollen chin
The operation took four and a half hours and involved both of Jordan’s jaws being broken and fixed back into place
Jordan pictured out and about following her surgery. She has now stopped being bullied for how she looks
Jordan had the operation at The Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, south Wales, and it left her with a swollen face.
She says: ‘At the start I looked really swollen, but now everything is really positive.
‘At the start, I felt like this didn’t look like me, but I think it is just a process that you’ve got to go through.’
Ten months on from the surgery, and Jordan says she now feels confident enough to flash a toothy smile in public.
She added she now feels like she can be herself and is able to look at her reflection in the mirror.
She also now enjoys socialising with family and friends, something she didn’t before.
She says: ‘It has definitely been a confidence boost. Now I can go out and smile with my teeth, which I’ve never been able to do before.
‘I look in the mirror and I like what I see. It is me, and it’s not. When you’ve looked at yourself for 21 years and then you look in the mirror [after surgery], it is different.
‘People say I look so good for it, and some say I look so much better for it. It’s just really nice comments.
‘I can just be myself. I felt like I was only holding back before, like I was hiding this insecurity.
‘But now I can go out and I can see my friends now without holding back.
‘I would definitely recommend this to other women who might feel similar.’