Corrective jaw surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional, and healthy. Whether your needs include improving your bite and function, appearance, or speech, corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on your outlook on life. Your oral surgeon will work with you to help you achieve a beautiful, functional, and pain-free smile that will last for the rest of your life.
Who needs corrective jaw surgery?
In some cases, your upper and lower jaws may have grown at different rates. Injuries and birth defects may also affect jaw alignment. Though orthodontics can usually correct problems when only the teeth are misaligned, corrective jaw surgery with an oral surgeon may be necessary to correct misalignment of the jaws.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may be an excellent candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
Difficulty chewing, biting food, or swallowing
Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
Excessive wear of the teeth
Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
An unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
Facial injury or birth defects
Inability to make the lips meet without straining
Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
Sleep apnea (breathing problems during sleep, including snoring)
Receiving treatment to correct any of the above conditions is a commitment not only to your health but to your happiness as well. Treatment may include surgery and orthodontic treatment and may take several years to complete, but the results will last a lifetime.