Everything you need
to know about orthognathic surgery

Orthognatic surgery is needed to correct misaligned jaws. When the upper and lower jaws do not align properly, the patient’s teeth also do not align and the patient may have difficulty chewing.

Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and jaws are aligned surgically. Not only does this restore good function, but it also often improves facial aesthetics and appearances.

People who have an improper bite and misaligned jaws can benefit from corrective jaw surgery.

Initial consultation

During your first visit, a complete orthognatic examination is performed with X-rays. The surgeon will establish a diagnosis regarding the position of the patient’s jaw and the patient’s bite problem. He also will discuss thoroughly which type of surgery is needed, while addressing the benefits and risks of the surgical treatment. During this visit is best time to have all your questions answered.

Surgical treatment

After the patient’s teeth have been straightened by an orthodontic treatment, surgery will be performed to move the jaw for a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.

Braces are removed several months after surgery.

Patients are typically off school or work for 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. Patients will be on a liquid diet the next day following surgery. However, normal chewing function may return only 2 months after surgery.