Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is necessary when someone needs to correct skeletal abnormalities. An open bite, a protruding jaw, or a receding lower jaw is an example of a problem that could be corrected by jaw surgery. Most recommendations for orthognathic surgery are for problems that cannot be fixed with braces or Invisalign alone.


According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:


  • Difficulty chewing, or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)


Does surgery really help?


Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.


How will you look after surgery?


Using the latest in digital imaging technology, Huerter Orthodontics can demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods, and improves the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength, and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.


Is Orthognathic surgery always necessary? 


Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.