Orthognathic Surgery

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Malocclusions can result not only from misaligned teeth, but also from the improper positioning of the jaws. In some cases, the jaw discrepancy is so severe that orthodontic movement of the teeth alone is not sufficient to correct the bite. This often adversely affects facial appearance and leads to difficulties in chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Such cases may require corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery), in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, to correct abnormalities of the facial bones and improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

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At your consultation appointment, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery and coordinate a meeting with an oral surgeon to discuss surgical treatment options. Recent advances in diagnostic technology allow us to minimize treatment times and recovery periods, and improve the overall efficacy of your surgery. Additionally, state-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment usually allow patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.

Although orthognathic surgery may be recommended, non-surgical orthodontic treatment alternatives may be possible. We will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of all possible treatment options – surgical and non-surgical - to ensure that we design the most appropriate plan to meet your specific treatment goals.