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surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't
seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and
corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This not only
improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly
and function properly.
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with
an improper bite or whose jaws are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is
a gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may
grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can
affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance.
Injury to the jaw or birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While,
orthodontics alone can correct many bite problems when only the teeth
are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if there is a
Any of these can exist at birth or be acquired after birth as a
result of heredity, environmental influences or trauma to the face.
Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a
complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation
process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your
treatment. When you are fully informed about all aspects of your care,
you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with
Your doctors uses modern computer techniques and three dimensional
models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using
comprehensive facial x-rays and video stills, he can show you how your
bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you will look
after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process, the
extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, your doctor will
work closely with your orthodontist during your treatment. The actual
surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in
a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.