Jaw growth is a slow and gradual process and in
some instances the upper and lower jaw or one side of the jaw to the other
may grow at different rates. Ortho means straighten and gnathia means jaw
and hence, orthognathic surgery means straightening of the jaw(s) by
surgery. An Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon practices orthognathic surgery.
Do not confuse orthognathic surgery with orthodontic therapy
(braces). While Orthodontic treatment (braces) can
correct many problems if only the teeth are involved Orthognathic Surgery
maybe required if the jaws (bone) also need repositioning. When
planning an orthognathic surgical case, the general dentist,
and oral surgeon
will work closely with one another to set the stage for
optimum post surgical results in regards to both function and esthetics.
before orthognathic surgery
after orthognathic surgery
Under what circumstances would I need orthognathic surgery?
Can these conditions be effectively treated?
At what age is the treatment most effective?
What is involved in the treatment itself?
Before and After treatment