Jaw Surgery

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is necessary when the jaws are not aligned properly or the teeth do not fit correctly with the jaws. Orthodontic treatment is used to straighten the teeth, and corrective jaw surgery is performed to reposition a misaligned jaw. This not only enhances facial appearance but also ensures that the teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Individuals who can benefit from orthognathic surgery are those with an improper bite or misaligned jaws. Since jaw growth is a gradual process, the upper and lower jaws may sometimes grow at different rates, resulting in various issues. These issues can include problems with chewing, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Jaw alignment may also be affected by injury or birth defects. While orthodontics can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be necessary to reposition the jaws for a proper fit.

The following areas should be evaluated for potential difficulties:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems
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