It is estimated that about 5% of Americans suffer from jaw issues that could be resolved with Orthognathic surgery. Whether you were born with a misaligned jaw or you had a serious trauma, corrective jaw surgery may be the best solution.
The goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct functional problems resulting in improved chewing, speaking and breathing. However, it is common for patients to experience a dramatic enhancement of their overall appearance as their jaw is properly positioned.
The bones of the upper and/or lower jaws are moved into proper alignment. This may involve lengthening or shortening, moving up or down, shifting in or out. The end result is a more harmonious bite and a more balanced facial appearance.
During your consultation we will use facial x-rays, photographs and models to help you fully understand your situation and the available options. Whether you have an “open bite,” protruding lower jaw, receding lower jaw or other issue, you may need orthodontic braces to move your teeth into a new position before surgery. We will consult with any other specialists that may be needed and create a uniquely personalized treatment plan for you. Our goal is for you to be completely aware of the treatment process, surgical plan, and expected results. We want to see you experience your best smile.
During surgery, we will reposition the jawbones according to the personalized plan created for you. Sometimes bone may be added, reshaped or removed. Incisions are usually made inside the mouth to avoid visible scarring. If small incisions are required outside of the mouth, we take care to minimize their appearance.
Following surgery, we will give you instructions for a modified diet and a schedule for gradually returning to your regular diet. Any post-surgical discomfort can be controlled with medication, and patients can typically expect to return to school or work within one to three weeks. The initial healing phase is about six weeks, and complete healing of the jaws occurs between nine and 12 months.