Surgical Orthodontics & Jaw Surgery

Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment that combines orthodontic tooth movement and surgical jaw movements. Since moving the jaw also means moving the teeth, this process not only involves an oral surgeon, but an orthodontist as well. It is important that all growth be completed once jaw surgery is performed, however pre-surgery tooth movements are often performed one to two years prior to the surgery.

conditions which can be treated with corrective orthognathic surgery

The conditions that can be treated successfully with orthognathic surgery include:

  • Facial injury or birth defects
  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Severe open bite, underbite, overbite (malocclusions)
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance
  • Excessive wear on teeth
  • TMJ pain and headache
  • Lips that do not meet correctly
  • Sleep apnea

How orthognathic surgery is performed

While every patient is unique, we can outline the general steps taken when planning and performing orthognathic surgery. The first step involves a thorough examination by an orthodontist followed by a consultation and meeting with an oral surgeon. A precise, individualized plan of treatment is then developed during diagnostic images, 3-D models and advanced computer software.

The treatment plan we develop for you often involves braces before and after the surgical procedure to ensure you have an effective and aesthetically pleasing result.