When the teeth and jaws are misaligned, this problem is called malocclusion, and it cannot be solved only with orthodontics ( Dentistry ). The orthodontist may recommend consulting a surgeon. The jaw operation, called orthognathic surgery, can move the jaws into a more favourable position to remove the disparities between the upper and lower jaws. Once the jaws have been positioned correctly, an orthodontist can align the teeth in their optimal position.
Your dentist may direct you to jaw surgery before or during orthodontic treatment, or after the braces are removed. Your surgeon will consider the pros and cons of a surgical and non-surgical approach so that you can make the right decision for you.
- Patients wishing to change the facial appearance to a heart shape or to a "V" or rounded shape;
- Patients with misaligned jaws;
- Skeletal malformations;
- Teeth that cannot be corrected with orthodontics alone.
- Edema on the face;
- Stuffy nose;
- Duration of surgery: 1 to 2 hours.
- Work stopping (or school exemption) from 2 weeks to a month;
- Duration of facial edema: 15 days to 1 month;
- Exemption from sports activities: 2 months.