What is Orthognathic Surgery?
While orthodontic treatment can help to straighten teeth, Orthognathic surgery or surgical orthodontics can help to properly align your jaw. Orthognathic surgery or also known as corrective jaw surgery is recommended to improve jaw problems, chewing, speaking and breathing issues, enhance facial features and correct alignment of the jawbones.
Like teeth, the jaw can fall short of proper position for many reasons. Lower or upper jaw can develop at different rates while growing, which can affect teeth and facial structure. Accidental injuries and inherent defects are also some of the reason why people undergo Orthognathic surgery.
When orthognathic surgeons move the jaw, the teeth are also affected; therefore, braces are always done in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery to make sure teeth are in their correct placement after the procedure.
Here are some of the benefits of undergoing Orthognathic Surgery:
- Eliminate chronic joint pain in the jaw
- Corrects sleep apnea and improves quality of sleep
- Improves facial features and boost self-confidence
- Help improve chewing and biting abilities
- Corrects speech problems
- Decrease wear and tear on teeth
Orthognathic surgery offers health benefits that can last a lifetime. Recovery time can take for about one or two-day hospital stay and recovery process can take about six weeks. Although each patient differs, your surgeon will make a treatment and recovery plan that will suit your condition.
If you want to know more about Orthognathic surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Toronto, Ontario.
-The York Mills Orthodontics Team