Corrective Jaw/Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is also known as corrective jaw surgery. It is used to remedy a variety of abnormalities in which the facial bones and teeth develop incorrectly, resulting in the occurrence of either an underbite or overbite. These conditions lead to difficulty with chewing, speech, jaw function, and a compromised facial appearance.
Orthognathic surgery is normally done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, braces alone can correct a problem with the bite, but when it is severe, orthognathic surgery may be needed. Orthognathic surgery is performed in the hospital or outpatient surgical center. Patients generally stay in the hospital one to two nights, depending on the extent of surgery.
The areas that usually need correction are the maxilla (upper jaw), the mandible (lower jaw), and chin. Corrective jaw surgery involves moving one, two, or all of these areas to obtain the desired results.
New advances in orthodontics have also allowed the total treatment times to be shortened. Most patients state that the post-operative discomfort is much less than they were expecting. The improvement in jaw function and facial appearance is remarkable, and in some instances, life altering. Most patients experience a great improvement in their self-confidence and quality of life after orthognathic surgery.
Profile of severe chin deficiency
Profile after repositioning of chin to improve facial contouring and alignment
Profile of protruding lower jaw with open bite; jaw and chin surgery needed
Profile of repositioned jaw, chin and realigned bite
Before: Lower jaw protrusion and misalignment of jaws; surgery and braces needed
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