The word "Orthognathic" has its origins from the Greek words "Orthos" which means straight and "Gnathos" which means jaws or literally "Straight Jaws". Often times people are either born with or develop growth discrepancies of their jaws or face which can adversely affect speech, chewing, appearance, long term health of the teeth and or jaw function. Injury to the jaws and face or birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. These problems may manifest themselves as a protruding or receding lower or upper jaw, a "gummy" smile or very long appearing face, open bite, speech or breathing problems, chronic jaw or TMJ pain, or an asymmetrical face.
Orthognathic surgery may be needed when any of the above problems are present. When corrective facial and jaw surgery is indicated a combined treatment plan is necessary between your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and an Orthodontist. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective surgery repositions misaligned facial bones and jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth and jaws meet correctly and function properly.
While orthodontics alone can correct many bite problems when only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may required if there is a facial or jaw skeletal discrepancy. If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery Dr. Kalant will work closely with your orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.
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