Orthognathic surgery, also called corrective jaw surgery, is used to correct facial imperfections such as misaligned, protruding, or poorly shaped jaws. Candidates for orthognathic surgery usually have problems with chewing, talking, sleeping, or breathing.
If you’ve lost confidence in your appearance due to your crooked smile, then it might be time to consider orthognathic surgery. This type of procedure is performed by an orthodontist to correct abnormalities of the face. There are several benefits to undergoing orthognathic surgery, including the following:
When you have a misaligned jaw, it can be difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep. This can make sleeping difficult and result in daytime fatigue. Orthognathic surgery can correct the jaw alignment so that you can get the restorative sleep you need.
Orthognathic surgery not only improves your appearance but also can improve your confidence. When your smile is straighter, you’ll have more confidence and self-esteem.
A misaligned jaw can cause speech impediments. Orthognathic surgery can correct the jaw alignment so that you can speak without difficulty.
When you have an overbite or underbite, chewing can be difficult. Orthognathic surgery can improve chewing and make it easier to bite and chew your food.
When patients come to our office for a consultation, orthodontists will take a specialized 3D scan of the patient’s jaw. This scan will be used to measure the problem and to show the patient what their face will look like after the surgery. This scan will also be used to determine how large of a piece of bone will be removed from the patient’s jaw.
Your jaw will be tender after surgery, and your bite may feel off. During this time, you should eat soft foods and avoid chewing with your front teeth. You may need to eat a liquid diet for a few days.
It’s normal to experience swelling around the area of surgery, and you may feel stiff in the morning. However, you should start to feel back to normal within a few weeks.
You might need to wear braces again after your surgery. Once your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will reevaluate your jaw and bite to see if you would benefit from further treatment.
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