In combination with upper and lower braces, orthognathic surgery may be required if your bite issues as well as your growth and jaw positions are too severe to be corrected with orthodontic appliances only. It is also described as corrective jaw surgery or surgical orthodontics. Where there is a misalignment of the teeth or jaws (malocclusion), complications may arise such as; problems chewing and biting, talking, sleeping, breathing, swallowing, jaw joint pain, and excess wearing of teeth may be encountered. Misalignment may also be caused by birth defects, injury to your face, or due to genetic and family traits.
Orthognathic surgery can correct these jaw and tooth misalignments. However, the surgery can only be carried out after you have finished growing. This age is 19 years old for females and 21 years old for males.
Treatment will normally include a standard Orthodontic Treatment before and after surgery and could possibly take 2-3 years to complete. Dr. Bottoni will assess you and estimate the treatment time required for your treatment to be completed.
*WARNING: Any dental or surgical procedure carries risks which also may depend on your general health. This will be discussed with you prior to any dental intervention.
Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as your dentist or your doctor.