While orthognathic sounds like a big word, it simply means “straight jaws.”

When our team performs orthognathic surgery, that’s our goal…to straighten jaws, so teeth meet well…which improves your bite and allows patients to speak, chew and even breathe better.

Repositioning the chin or jaw correctly creates facial harmony and improves overall appearance.

Orthognathic, surgery performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can correct a wide range of abnormalities of the maxilla (upper jaw) or mandible (lower jaw) or both. These abnormalities may be a result of a birth defect, a growth defect or trauma to the jaw.

Below are some conditions which may indicate the need for orthognathic surgery:

  • difficulty chewing, swallowing or biting food
  • chronic jaw or muscle pain and headache
  • excessive tooth wear
  • receding chin or protruding jaw
  • sleep apnea

People with an improper bite resulting from misaligned teeth and/or jaws may may benefit from corrective jaw surgery. Most of the time orthodontic treatment can correct bite, or "occlusion," problems if only the teeth are misaligned. Corrective jaw surgery may be necessary when the jaw is misaligned.

Your dentist, orthodontist and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon work together as a team to determine whether a you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery. Depending on the treatment prescribed by your dental team corrective jaw surgery may reposition all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw and chin. Our team ensures you are fully informed about your case and your treatment options. You and your dental team will determine the best course of treatment for you.

Orthgnathic surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional and healthy. The results of this surgery can have a dramatic effect on many aspects of your life. Be prepared to make the most of the new you!