Orthognathic Surgery

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

The goal of orthognathic surgery is improving the alignment of the jaw. Orthognathic surgery can improve the bite and function of a jawbone that has undergone poor development or physical trauma. Orthognathic surgery often involves a preliminary period of orthodontic treatment. The surgery itself is often performed in the hospital. The patient is usually discharged the first day after the surgery. After orthognathic surgery, the patient should soften their diet for four to six weeks.

Do I Qualify for Orthognathic Surgery?

Sometimes, jawbones grow and mature incorrectly, leaving problems with function and appearance. They can become disproportionate in size and shape and cannot fix themselves. Some of the reasons that an individual may become a candidate for orthognathic surgery include the following:

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of a translucent (clear) material. Due to their cosmetic appeal, they are more popular among teenagers and adults. They will correct and move the teeth in the same amount of time and in the same way as traditional metal braces, but are not as noticeable. The brackets themselves will not stain, but the ligature ties that go around the bracket can stain occasionally.

  • Unfavorable growth due to genetics
  • Past physical trauma to the jaw
  • Abnormal or excessive growth of the jawbone from unknown causes
  • Tumors or diseases

Unfortunately, these causes can result in future problems like:

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