Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is performed to correct a wide range of skeletal and dental irregularities, things like jaw and teeth misalignment.
Orthognathic surgery treats jaw discrepancies to improve the patient’s ability to bite, talk, breathe and speak. This surgery can also improve facial appearances and correct deformities by properly aligning the facial bones. Braces are often in conjunction with jaw surgery to ensure the teeth and jaw bones are properly aligned after surgery.
If you experience any of the following symptoms or conditions, this may indicate the need for jaw surgery and braces:
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Severe underbite or overbite
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist and jaw surgeon who will then decide together if you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery. It’s important to understand that your treatment will likely incorporate an orthodontic treatment of braces or Invisalign, before and after surgery, and may take a few years to complete.
If you want to enquire about a consultation regarding jaw surgery and braces, then please contact us today by calling 0161 622 0987.
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