Jaw Surgery

For the Ideal Profile

Sometimes there is a problem with the bite because there is a problem with the jaws.

jaw-surgery-editjaw-surgery-editThe lower jaw may be too small, too large, or sits to one side; the upper jaw may be too narrow or too long; or the chin may be deficient. In these cases, orthodontic treatment together with jaw surgery may be the best option.

Jaw surgery is also known as orthognathic surgery. It will give you the ideal bite along with a well-balanced beautiful face.

Orthognathic surgery is usually reserved for adults but may be undertaken in some teenage patients.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into an orthodontic/orthognathic surgery treatment plan. Our orthodontist Dr. Devan Naidu and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work together to plan your tooth and jaw movements. Several computer and model simulations will be generated to help everyone work towards the ideal result. It will be well worth it in the end, because with a great plan comes a great result!

Surgery can greatly improve your appearance, chewing function, speech, and smile. Often braces together with surgery can change a person’s entire life. Their confidence is improved along with the way others perceive them –it’s like giving a person a new start on life!

There are four main types of orthognathic procedures we routinely perform:
  • Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) mandibular advancement: This is when the lower jaw is moved forward to correct a large overjet.
  • Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) mandibular setback: This is when the lower jaw is moved back to correct an under-bite.
  • Genioplasty: This is when the chin is moved forward.
  • Le Fort I osteotomy: This is when the upper jaw is moved upward to disguise a gummy smile.