Dr. Stewart and Dr. Michael use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of corrective jaw surgery.
When your bite is not aligned properly, it can be due to misalignment of the teeth or misalignment of the jaws.
Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery (called Orthognathic Surgery) repositions a misaligned jaw. In any case, the initial evaluation is usually performed by an Orthodontist. Regardless of the treatment indicated, it is important to achieve and maintain proper alignment of the teeth. This not only improves facial appearance but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
People with improper bites due to jaws that are positioned incorrectly are the biggest benefactors for corrective jaw surgery. Jaw growth is a gradual process, and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates.
The result of misaligned jaws can be a host of problems that affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Commonly, significant TMJ issues can arise from untreated misaligned jaws. Injury to the jaw and congenital disabilities can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary. Whether or not you would benefit from corrective jaw surgery is a collaborative decision made between the Orthodontist and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Drs. Stewart and Michael will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dento-facial relationship. Call us today to learn more!Contact Us Today!