Orthognathic surgery is performed when there is a misalignment between the upper and lower jaws or when teeth do not fit properly within the jaw. In these cases, orthodontics is used to straighten the teeth followed by corrective jaw surgery to reposition the misaligned jaw(s). During the procedure, the jawbones are cut and repositioned, and titanium plates and screws are used to hold them in place.
Orthognathic surgery not only enhances facial appearance but also ensures proper teeth alignment and function. If you’re considering orthognathic surgery, then we invite you to schedule a consultation today!
Am I a Candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is designed to fix severely misaligned jaws and improper bites: The best candidates for orthognathic surgery are people who suffer from the following symptoms as a result of their misaligned jaws:
- Chewing difficulties
- Speech problems
- Chronic TMJ
- Protruding jaws
- Open bites
- Breathing problems
What Can I Expect?
- Corrective jaw surgery requires several months of preparation before the procedure.
- The surgery is performed in a hospital and can last between 1 to 4 hours.
- Patients typically stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days after the surgery.
- Braces are not removed until 6 to 12 months after surgery, and they are maintained during the procedure.
- Recovery is the most significant phase after orthognathic surgery, with patients often taking 2 weeks to 1 month off work or school.
- It may take up to 2 months to regain normal chewing function, and full function may take up to a year.
- We prioritize the well-being of our patients during and after surgery and require weekly appointments for up to 2 months after the procedure.