Jaw surgery - also known as orthognathic or maxofacial surgery - may be needed if your oral health or appearance are affected by problems that cannot be corrected through more conservative treatments. This type of surgery can correct abnormalities in the teeth, jaws, or facial bones, and can be performed by a qualified orthodontist or oral surgeon.
It is especially important to receive the treatment you need if an abnormality is causing difficulties in speaking, chewing, eating, sleeping, or other routine activities. In addition to making these activities easier and more comfortable, jaw surgery can help to improve your appearance, restore confidence and increase self-esteem.
Dr. Warren may also recommend wearing braces at the same time to ensure that your teeth remain in their correct positions throughout the surgical process.
Orthodontic surgery is most often performed on adults because kids’ bones are still developing and can usually be altered with less invasive treatment, such as wearing an appliance or headgear.
To learn more, or to find out if jaw surgery is right for your smile, call our office to schedule a free consultation.