CORRECTIVE JAW SURGERY
During growth and development, the upper jaw (maxilla) and the lower jaw (mandible) form critical functional and esthetic components of the face. Inadequate or excessive growth of either component, trauma, or injury can cause misalignment of the jaws that may affect appearance as well as the ability to eat, speak, and breath normally. This can also contribute significantly to problems ranging from crowding or misalignment of teeth to serious conditions such as sleep apnea. Corrective Jaw Surgery, also known as “Orthognathic Surgery” repositions the upper and lower jaws to a more natural position, correcting many functional and aesthetic problems. It is planned and performed as a combined effort between your orthodontist who straightens the teeth with braces and the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon who performs surgery to reposition the jaws and chin. This procedure results in a healthier, more aesthetic and functional relationship of the jaws and facial structures.