In combination with upper and lower braces, orthognathic surgery may be required if your bite, growth, or jaw malposition is too severe to be corrected with orthodontic appliances alone. It is also referred to as “corrective jaw surgery” or “surgical orthodontics.” When there is a misalignment of the teeth or jaws (malocclusion), complications may arise. Problems with chewing, biting, talking, sleeping, breathing, swallowing, jaw joint pain, and excess wearing of teeth may be encountered.
A birth event, an injury to the face, and/or genetic and family traits can potentially cause a malposition of the jaws and teeth.
Orthognathic surgery can correct these jaw and tooth misalignments but can only be carried out once growth has ceased. This is after the 19th birthday for females and after the 21st birthday for males.
Treatment will generally include standard orthodontic treatment with braces before and after surgery and may take 2-3 years to complete. Dr. Christoph will assess you and estimate the time required for your treatment to complete. He will refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon for a consultation. You should be adequately informed before starting your journey!