What Is Corrective Jaw Surgery:
If your face appears “out of balance” and you are not happy with the way you look, you may be a good candidate for corrective jaw (also called orthognathic) surgery. The way your facial bones develop will affect your oral health, facial appearance and proportion. The position and size of your facial bones and teeth will determine how well you bite, chew and speak. A well-proportioned face can be separated into equal thirds from the hairline to the brows, the eyebrows to the base of the nose.
When your face is divided down the middle, each side should closely resemble the other.
When Are The Indications For Jaw Surgery?
- Any of the following problems is the indication that you may be a candidate for jaw surgery
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw pain
- Excessive wearing of teeth
- Open bite (a space between upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Overbite, where the teeth overlap too much
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Facial injury or a defect from birth