For Patients who have severe jaw discrepancies orthognathic ( jaw aligning ) surgery maybe used to reposition the jaws. It can be used to reposition the upper and lower jaw bones as required.
Orthognathic surgery is commonly undertaken in combination with orthodontic treatment. A phase of orthodontic treatment is necessary before surgery in order to place the teeth into the correct position so that when the jaw position has been corrected surgically the teeth meet normally. This also helps to improve the stability of surgical results. A short phase of orthodontic treatment is often necessary following surgery in order to fine tune the biting relationship. Dr Buckley collaborates with experienced Oral and maxillofacial surgeons who perform the surgery.
Before orthodontics and orthognathic Surgery
After orthodontics and orthognathic Surgery
You may find the following video clips to be informative.
Upper and lower jaw surgery. The upper jaw is moved forwards, the lower jaw is moved back.
Upper and lower jaw surgery. The upper jaw is moved upward, and the lower jaw is moved forwards.