When Is Orthognathic Surgery Necessary?

When Is Orthognathic Surgery Necessary?

Posted by WALTERS ORTHODONTICS on Sep 23 2020, 10:43 PM

Orthognathic surgery, also known as Corrective Jaw Surgery, is a procedure that involves correcting the irregularities of the jawbones and realign both jaws and teeth to improve its function and appearance. This surgery can have a significant impact on the patient's facial appearance, as it enhances confidence and self-esteem. Click here to read more about this surgery here: https://www.waltersortho.com/specialty/orthognathic-surgery/.

You usually choose an orthodontic treatment to improve the esthetics of your smile and also your bite. In some cases, due to a skeletal deficiency, braces may be insufficient to achieve these goals.

Orthognathic Surgery to the Rescue!

When orthodontic treatment cannot correct the teeth alignment problems, we, at Walters Ortho, use orthognathic surgery to address a number of issues our patients face. The word orthognathic itself means "straight jaws. A lot of abnormalities can be fixed with this jaw surgery. The issues that orthognathic surgery can resolve are as follows:

  • If you are someone with an open bite, in which the upper and lower jaw doesn't fit together even when the mouth is closed, then this surgery might be required. 
  • On the other hand, someone who has an underbite or a recessed lower jaw might also require the surgery. 
  • It is possible to surgically reposition the jaws in someone whose jaws are skewed to one side of the face.

Who performs this surgery?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon typically performs orthognathic surgery. The whole procedure is conducted under full general anesthesia and can last a few hours, depending on the severity of the case. If you choose not to undergo surgery, you may face problems while chewing or obstructions of the airway even after completing the orthodontic treatment. At Walters Ortho, you don't have to worry about anything as our orthodontist will diagnose your mouth, determine your condition, and recommend the right treatment. If you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, then we are happy to tell you that we offer this wonderful service at our practice.

What can this orthognathic surgery do?

Orthognathic surgery can help in the following ways:

  • Improve bite and make it easy to chew
  • Improve your speech
  • Correct bite problems like underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
  • Minimize wearing and breaking down of the teeth
  • Help the lips to fully close 
  • Relieve pain from TMJ disorder 
  • Repair birth defects or any facial injury
  • Get relief from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)


If you are looking for more information on orthognathic treatment, call us at (916) 575-9990 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your consultation today. We will be happy to guide you towards taking the necessary steps in getting started with your treatment.


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