Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is done to correct misalignments or other abnormalities in the upper and/or lower jaw. The surgery is performed to improve function and can specifically address problems with breathing, occlusion (bite) and chewing ability, and/or speaking that are due to poor jaw or tooth alignment. The surgery often dramatically affects appearance as well, although this is usually not the primary reason the surgery is performed.

Orthognathic surgical treatment is performed in conjunction with the patient’s orthodontist. Surgical procedures involve movement of the jaws into their proper position and they are performed in a hospital setting. The combined orthodontic and surgical treatment typically occurs over the course of 1-2 years, at the completion of skeletal growth.

Treatment is tailored to each patient’s needs and is driven by the patient’s desire to have treatment. Patients are asked to discuss their treatment in order to guide the treatment planning performed by the orthodontic specialist and Dr. Stasulis.