Surgical Orthodontics (Jaw Surgery)
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery can correct these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will once again “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you will have to wear braces, and most braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary in some situations if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.