If the dental discrepancy created by the position of the jaws is too important to be corrected with braces alone, corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, becomes an option for patients who have completed their growth. Malformations of the jaws and face can be linked to heredity, trauma, different growth rates or disease. By repositioning the jaws, the surgeon can help you avoid future problems with your bite, speech, sleep and provide a better cosmetic appearance. Such a procedure is generally preceded and followed by an extensive orthodontic treatment to align the teeth in the ideal position.
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Corrective jaw surgery may be needed for patients who have the following symptoms: