Corrective Jaw Surgery
If the upper and lower teeth aren’t aligned together correctly, it can impair an individual’s ability to bite, chew or speak. An oral surgeon can reposition the jaws with orthognathic surgery to achieve optimal oral function.
Orthognathic surgery is generally only performed on adults. Children’s jaws are still growing, so it is easier to modify the shape or size of a child’s jaw through more non-invasive methods. However, the jaw stops growing around ages 16-18 so corrective surgery is the only way adults can modify the jaw.