WHAT DOES ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY MEAN?
In most cases, problems with the bite, facial asymmetries, or misalignment of the teeth can be corrected by non-invasive means, using today’s advanced methods of dental and orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes, however, skeletal and dental irregularities aren’t so easy to solve, even with the most up-to-date non-surgical techniques. That’s when corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be recommended.
WHO CAN PROFIT FROM IT?
Conditions that can be successfully treated with corrective orthognathic surgery include the following:
- Open bite, protruding jaw, or receding chin
- Congenital defects such as a cleft palate
- Malocclusions (bite problems) resulting from underbites or severe overbites
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea, when more conservative methods fail
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing or biting food
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- Facial trauma