When the jaws are so severely out of position that a child suffers from an extreme under bite or overbite, the result is a misshapen appearance that can lead to teasing and social problems with peers. Today, it is possible to correct the alignment of the jaw to help develop a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing face. Orthognathic surgery is performed only after patients turn 18 years old, as the jaw has stopped growing. Adults can also benefit from orthognathic surgery.
Braces are used as a first step in the correction process. This is to obtain the best possible dental arch, so that the teeth fit together correctly and the child can eat, speak and sleep without any problems. The next step, once the patient turns 18, is to consider the single or double jaw surgery to reposition the mouth. After the surgery, the soft tissue in the patient’s face moves on its own to achieve a natural attractiveness.
Orthognathic surgery can make a dramatic difference in the patient’s appearance and their quality of life. If you have questions about orthognathic surgery, please call the office and we will be happy to discuss this with you.