What is it?
When you experience pain, discomfort, poor function, or abnormal appearance due to the misalignment of your jaws, surgical orthodontics (orthognathic surgery) may be a treatment option for you. Though traditional orthodontic treatment is capable of shifting your teeth to improve your bite, orthognathic surgery is required to correct jaw misalignment. Combined, orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery are capable of correcting jaw and teeth misalignment issues and improving aesthetics and function.
What are the benefits?
- Increased comfort/decreased pain
- Improved function (biting, chewing and swallowing)
- Improved facial aesthetics
- Improved breathing and sleeping
How does it work?
The process to correct your jaw alignment will begin by wearing braces for a time period specified by your doctor. Your surgery will be planned and explained using advanced 3-D imaging techniques. Through these images you will be able to see how your bite will improve with surgery. In a surgical setting, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will realign your jaw by cutting the bone and resetting it in the proper location. Small screws and titanium plates are inserted in order to strengthen your jaw. Typically braces will also be required following surgery, eventually followed by a retainer. Recovery time has been significantly decreased through the progression of the procedure. Diet and lifestyle changes will only be required for a short time following the surgery.