jaw growth happens unequally resulting in less than optimal jaw
function. This can lead to crowded teeth, speaking or chewing trouble,
or noticable facial asymmetry.
Orthognathic Surgery is a procedure in which facial bones are repositioned
to allow proper jaw functioning and improved facial appearance.
To properly align teeth, treatment will typically involve braces.
Once teeth are in a desirable position, jaw surgery will be performed.
The facial bones will be shifted to achieve a more suitable anatomic
combination of plates and screws will be used to stabilize the facial
bones to ensure that the desired surgical result is obtained. Rubberbands
or wires are used to temporarily hold the mouth stable while the
bones heal. A diet of liquids and soft foods will be necessary for
a little while after surgery.
Once treatment is completed, jaw function is improved
as well as facial appearance and self-confidence. Speach patterns
and chewing is improved, and the tooth longevity is likely increased
due to lower stress from a stable bite. Best of all, with normal
tooth care, these are benifits that last a lifetime.