Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
Orthognathic (jaw) surgery is often needed when teeth dont fit correctly because of improper or uncoordinated growth of the jaws. Orthognathic surgery is almost always performed in coordination with orthodontic treatment. Teeth are straightened with braces first, and then surgery repositions the jaws. This not only improves function, but can also have a positive impact on facial appearance.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that 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 even appearance. Injuries to the jaws and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved.
Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
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