Corrective jaw, or orthognathic surgery, is performed by Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeons to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, which in turn can improve chewing, speaking, and breathing. While the patient's appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.
Orthognathic surgical treatment necessitates a team effort involving your orthodontist and an oral Maxillo-facial surgeon. Your orthodontist will refer you to a surgeon who will evaluate your case.
Following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or biting food
Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
Excessive wear of the teeth
Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
Facial injury or birth defects
Receding chin and protruding jaw
Inability to make the lips meet without straining
Chronic mouth breathing, dry mouth, and sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Orthognatic Surgery is a Three-Phase Process
Phase I - Presurgical Orthodontics
Your orthodontist will prepare you for surgery by aligning your teeth with braces. This phase generally needs between six to twelve months.
Phase II - Orthognatic Surgery
Performed by oral and maxillofacial Surgeon. Where one or both jaws are repositioned to achieve better alignment.
Phase III – Postsurgical Orthodontics
Perfecting the bite (occlusion) which usually takes up to one year to complete.
Our orthognathic surgery patients come to us from Fairfax, Falls Church, Vienna, Tysons Corner, McLean, and all other DC Metropolitan Areas.