Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery
Jaw surgery changes the relation between the upper and lower jaw. This procedure benefits patients who have an imbalance of their jaws. This may occur due to developmental changes or may be related to other conditions such as cleft lip and palate. Most often the upper jaw is smaller and the lower jaw is protruding. Occasionally the reverse is true. The skeletal harmony of the upper 2/3 and lower 1/3 of the face is improved after surgery and this results in dramatic changes to the face. Dental occlusion (or bite) is also optimized during this procedure. Planning for surgery is done in conjunction with an orthodontist. A period of orthodontics (braces) before and after surgery is required.