Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is not your routine orthodontic treatment but can result in some of the most profound changes to your life.
Improperly aligned jaws and teeth can result in problems with speech, eating, appearance, and the overall function of your bite and jaws. At True Smile Orthodontics, Dr. Sutton is here to help patients achieve a beautiful, pain-free, and functional smile through the process of corrective jaw surgery.
Who needs corrective jaw surgery?
For some patients, the upper and lower jaws may not have grown at the same rate, while others might have experienced facial injuries or birth defects that resulted in asymmetrical jaw alignment. In most cases, orthodontics alone can correct the position of the teeth and improper bites, but some cases need additional correction to achieve facial harmony.
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, corrective jaw surgery may be something to consider
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing your food
- Imbalanced facial symmetry from the front or side, and excessive wear on your teeth due to jaw asymmetry
- Open bite (when your front teeth don’t touch, even when your mouth is closed)
- Protruding chin with anterior crossbite
- Retruding chin with large overjet or overbite
- Birth defects or facial injuries
- Sleep apnea (symptoms include sleeping problems and even chronic snoring)
- Inability to close your lips even when straining
Deciding whether corrective jaw surgery is right for you is a big commitment, not only to your long-term happiness and well-being but also for your overall health. The treatment, which includes jaw surgery and orthodontics, may take time to complete, but the results are life-changing and will last a lifetime.
What if you don’t want to have surgery?
While some conditions cannot be fully corrected with orthodontics alone, everyone deserves to feel confident and your smile is a key component. So if correct jaw surgery isn’t an option for you, there are still ways to improve your smile. These techniques include camouflage treatments or the use of less-invasive surgical procedures such as TADs (temporary anchorage devices, miniplates, and miniscrews).
The most important thing is to make sure you are fully informed about all the possible treatment options. When you have all the proper information, you can feel confident that you are making the right decision for yourself. At True Smile Orthodontics, Dr. Sutton can help guide you to the right treatment plan to fit your lifestyle.
If you are interested in getting more information about corrective jaw surgery or alternative treatments, click the link below to schedule your free consultation or call us at (512) 668-7740.
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