What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a type of surgery that is performed to correct conditions of the jaw and face. These conditions can be caused by birth defects, injury, or other problems. Orthognathic surgery can be used to correct problems with the alignment of the jaws and teeth, to improve the function of the jaws, and to improve the appearance of the face. Orthognathic surgery is usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Orthognathic surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Craniofacial dysostosis
- Cleft lip and palate
- Pierre Robin sequence
- Cleft chin
- Retrognathia (recessed chin)
What Are the Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery can seem like a long process, but the end result is worth every second you spend. The general outline for ortho treatments includes several steps such as operating on one’s mouth or teeth to change their shape; wearing plastic buckles around nylon bands which attach from head-to neck area during treatment, so you don’t risk injury by moving the wrong way when sleeping etc., following post-surgical instructions carefully is important after recovering fully because they will help prevent complications if done correctly.
Orthognathic surgery can improve the function and aesthetics of your jaws, teeth, and face while also improving chewing, speaking, and breathing. Additionally, It can also improve the alignment of your teeth and jaws, and correct problems with your bite.
Who is a candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?
If you have problems with the alignment of your jaws or teeth, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery can be performed on children, adolescents, and adults. Your orthodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery.