Orthognathic surgery is needed when the jaws don't meet correctly and/or the teeth don't seem to fit together. The teeth can be straightened with orthodontics but corrective jaw surgery may be needed to reposition the jaws. This can ensure that the teeth function properly but it can also improve your facial appearance. Some of the long term problems associated with incorrectly positioned jaws can be decreased chewing function, speech problems, loss of teeth, periodontal problems, breathing problems, difficulty with swallowing and chronic jaw pain or TMJ dysfunction.     

People who can benefit from Orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, Orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.

Before any treatment begins, a consultation appointment will be scheduled to discuss your desires and expectations. Also during this consultation, Dr. VanHoose will perform a comprehensive clinical and radiographic examination. During the consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. Following the consultation, a video can be reviewed which will help you to understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed surgery.

Using comprehensive facial x-rays and photos, Dr. VanHoose can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you'll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of Orthognathic surgery. If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. VanHoose will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment to ensure that all aspects of your surgical treatment are perfectly coordinated.