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Your orthognathic team repositions your teeth and reshapes your jaws during the orthognathic surgery process. Your orthodontist, a dentist who specializes in the straightening of teeth, uses braces to move your teeth into correct position for the bite you'll have after orthognathic surgery. Your surgeon, specially trained in this type of corrective jaw surgery, reshapes your jaws and possibly other facial bones during surgery to form a better bite and a more pleasing appearance.
Problems with chewing
• Do you have problems biting or chewing?
• When you're eating, do your lower teeth hit the roof of your mouth, causing discomfort?
• Have you noticed increased wear on your teeth?
• Do you like the way you look from the front?
• Do you like your profile?
• If you could change something about your face, what would it be?
• Do you understand your reasons for wanting to change your face and bite?
• Are you aware that the total treatment time may last two years or more?
• Would this commitment interfere with your life now?
Have you ever tried to get in shape? If so, then you know that eating right and exercising regularly gives you a body that performs well and looks good. You may have help from a trainer or an instructor, but you have to work at it.
Orthognathic surgery is the same way. You want to be able to chew well and look your best, and your orthodontist and surgeon can team up to help you achieve this goal. But you have to make a commitment to see the results. The word "orthognathic" comes from the Greek words orthos, meaning straight, and gnathos, meaning jaws. Orthognathic surgery shapes up your face by straightening your teeth with orthodontics and repositioning your jaws with corrective jaw surgery.
If your jaws don't meet correctly and your teeth don't seem to "fit" with your jaws, you may have a bite problem that makes eating difficult. Your face may appear "off balance," and you may not be happy with the way you look. Your bones and teeth may have grown that way since you were a child, or you may have injured your face. Whatever the reason, your teeth and facial bones can be repositioned to create a more balanced appearance with jaws that work well together as they should.
Consultations are available!
Every facility has monitored recovery rooms.
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