Having a great smile is undoubtedly an asset, regardless of other aspects of your appearance. However,your smile is only one part of the whole composition of your face. Once you have improved your smile,you may be inspired to make a few other changes to look your very best,and it may be necessary to look beyond your dentist for help.

If you are unhappy with your facial profile, the condition of your skin,or specific facial features such as your lips, nose or chin, surgeon reveals how repositioning the jaws can improve not only your bite but also your entire facial appearance, especially in profile.

What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery involves dividing and repositioning the jaw bones to bring them into better alignment. It is typically used to correct bite problems that cannot be fixed by orthodontics alone. Often bone or soft tissue may be removed or augmented to further enhance facial esthetics. Orthognathic surgery can bring about significant changes in your appearance,particularly as you are seen in profile.

What can orthognathic surgery do?

Problems that can be addressed include:

  • Recessive or protruding lower jaw and or chin
  • a chin that is too short, too long, or otherwise unattractive
  • Open bite (teeth do not meet)
  • Lower or upper jaw positioned to one side or a narrow arch
  • Discrepancies in upper and lower facial height 

Communication is critical to success!

  • It's important that you tell your doctor exactly what you want to correct. The doctor may zero in on a particular problem and you need to be sure that problem is also your primary concern.
  • The surgeon will design a treatment plan based on information gathered by obtaining casts of your teeth, photographs, video images, and special x rays.
  • It's highly important to know what results to expect from treatment, either by digital imaging or tracings of your new profile based on x-ray.
  • It's essential to understand each step of surgical procedure that you undergo.
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