Improved Smile And Appearance
Jaw surgery is often done alongside braces to improve the position of your teeth and jaws. It can create a more balanced facial appearance, too. For example, if you have an underbite, your jaw may stick out too far. Or if you have an overbite, your chin may not be prominent at all, causing a “sunken” appearance. Jaw surgery can significantly improve your appearance and your self-confidence.
Better Eating, Chewing, And Speaking
Serious jaw alignment problems are more than just cosmetic. They also can make it hard for you to eat and chew properly, and may even affect your speech, since your tongue may not be able to move properly within your mouth. Jaw surgery addresses these issues and allows you to eat, chew, and speak normally.
Prevent Future Dental And Health Problems
Severe jaw problems also affect your oral and overall health. You could have a higher risk of sleep apnea, TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), teeth grinding, premature tooth damage, tooth decay, and more. Jaw surgery reduces your risk of these problems, making it a great investment in your oral health.
Dr. Liz has extensive experience in craniofacial cases, disharmony of the jaw, and how that impacts function and speech. As a fellowship trained specialist, she can provide comprehensive treatment plans to correct jaw disharmony and improve its function so you can get back to smiling boldly.
Our intraoral scanner uses an array of cameras to create a detailed 3D model of your teeth, gums, and interior of your mouth. These images help us plan your treatment with precision.
When you visit a board-certified orthodontist, you’re getting the peace of mind knowing that your smile is in the hands of an experienced professional who is dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in orthodontics and patient care.
Preparing For Surgery
Orthodontists play a crucial role in evaluating the need for jaw surgery and often refer patients to an oral surgeon. Typically, braces are required for 1-2 years prior to the surgery and remain on during and after the surgery for approximately 6 months to complete the treatment.
Jaw surgery is done in a hospital under general anesthesia, so you will be completely unconscious. Once you’ve been sedated, your oral surgeon will make cuts into your jaw bone, move them into the correct position, then use plates and screws to hold the jaw bone together as it heals. Everything is done inside the mouth so there are no scars. The process may vary depending on the type of surgery you need.
Aftercare & Recovery
You will usually spend one night in the hospital and go home the next day. However, there will be some food and activity restrictions to ensure your jaw heals properly. Your oral surgeon will send you home with instructions on how to care for your mouth, and you’ll need to come back for follow-ups to check on your healing. It usually takes 6-12 weeks to fully recover.