Cosmetic Jaw Surgery
For some, cosmetic jaw surgery, otherwise known as orthognathic surgery, may be an excellent treatment option when combined with orthodontic braces. A specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS), one of the 9 American Dental Association (ADA) recognized dental specialties, will be the one performing this potential life-changing procedure. If it is determined that you may benefit from cosmetic jaw surgery in combination with braces I will work with an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon to give you the best care possible.
When might Cosmetic Jaw Surgery be needed?
Many adults who have upper and lower jaw mis-alignment and/or those who have esthetic concerns due to their facial profile may benefit from cosmetic jaw surgery in combination with orthodontics. Unlike growing children and teenagers, adults don't have the growth spurt to help them align their jaws when using orthodontic braces treatment by itself.
Facial profile concerns have to do with how the jaws are positioned. Some of the more common jaw mis-alignment issues include overly protrusive lower jaws called Class III malocclusions or the overly retrusive lower jaws called Class II malocclusions.
How do I know if I will benefit from Cosmetic Jaw Surgery?
You or your child's current growth potential and the severity of the jaw mis-alignment will determine whether the benefits of Cosmetic Jaw Surgery outweighs any other issues. Your desires, needs and expectations will also be taken into consideration. Please come in to see me for a complimentary consultation to see whether you may benefit from Cosmetic Jaw Surgery in combination with Orthodontic Braces treatment.
What are the rewards of Cosmetic Jaw Surgery?
For many patients, going through Orthodontics in combination with Cosmetic Jaw Surgery can be a positive life changing experience. Sadly, not many people appreciate the true benefits of going through this valuable procedure. Not only will it help create a functional bite, but it will help facilitate the restoration of symmetry, facial harmony and a beautiful smile.