Orthognathic surgery refers to the surgical correction needed to fix substantial abnormalities of the maxilla (upper jaw), the mandible (lower jaw), or both. The abnormality may be a birth defect, a growth defect, or the result of traumatic injuries to the jaw area.
When the orthodontist identifies a patient as a candidate for orthognathic surgery, a complete photographic analysis is initially undertaken. This includes panoramic x-rays, cephalometric x-rays, models, impressions, and radiographs. The orthodontist will then work with an oral & maxillofacial surgeon to consider how the corrective surgery will impact both proper jaw function and the aesthetic appearance of the entire face.
What does orthognathic surgery involve?
Generally, orthodontic braces are necessary to align the arches and straighten the teeth prior and following to the surgery. Throughout the process, the orthodontist will be in constant communication with your oral & maxillofacial surgeon to ensure the best possible treatment outcome.
If you have any questions about orthognathic surgery, or would like to speak with the orthodontist regarding your options, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.