Many times, if there are issues with the alignment of your jaw, these problems can be fixed using braces. If that is not the case, as it is in many situations, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon might suggest corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery. But what is orthognathic surgery, and what problems does it fix?
Orthognathic surgery corrects / realigns a patient’s jaw and fixes deformities of the jaw bone to improve the patient’s jaw functionality. This surgery can correct a wide variety of issues, but a few main problems are:
- Birth defects
- Asymmetry of facial features
- Habitual teeth grinding
- Crooked alignment of teeth
- Over or under bites that can not be corrected with orthodontics
- Speech Issues
- Relieve temporomandibular joint pain
In many cases, orthognathic surgery also can improve the appearance of the patient as well.
With the correction of the jaw, the alignment of your face will become more symmetrical and the appearance of your face and smile can become more evenly distributed.
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