Surgical Orthodontics (Corrective Jaw Surgery)

Though most conditions can be treated with braces, Invisalign® and/or an orthodontic appliance, more severe cases may require surgical orthodontics.

What is corrective jaw surgery?

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery and corrective jaw surgery, is a more intensive orthodontic treatment that serves to treat jaw irregularities, skeletal issues and severe misalignments.

Through early orthodontic treatment, we can help to prevent the need for surgical orthodontics later in life. This is why it’s important that children receive their first orthodontic exam by the age of 7.

Dr. Loeb can identify skeletal issues or conditions that are soon to become problematic, and we can create a custom treatment plan to intervene and correct the jaw bones while they’re still developing.

Once the jaw bones have stabilized, jaw surgery may be necessary.

What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery?

If necessary to treat your condition, corrective jaw surgery can help create a beautiful, healthy and balanced smile. Jaw surgery will reposition the jaw bones to create the ideal alignment and bite position.

Corrective jaw surgery can restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly. Because the jaw bones play a critical role in facial structure, corrective surgery can significantly improve your appearance, boost your self-esteem and renew your confidence.

How do I know if I need surgical orthodontics?

It can be difficult to tell if you need surgical orthodontics without a professional opinion. We will examine your teeth and jaw bones at our complimentary consultation and share our findings with you. We want to help you make the best decision for your teeth and your bite.

Here are some notable conditions that may suggest surgical orthodontics is indicated:

  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Lips or teeth don’t meet in the front when the mouth is closed
  • Facial deformities from birth or injury
  • Frequent mouth-breathing
  • Sleep apnea

At your first visit to our office, we’ll determine whether surgical orthodontics is the most efficient treatment route for your case.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

Jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and typically completed in a hospital.

If we determine that orthognathic surgery is necessary, we will refer you to an experienced surgeon. The surgery may take a few hours, and generally requires a two-week recovery period post-surgery. We advise that you take time off of work or school to allow for a complete recovery.

Once your jaws have healed, Dr. Loeb will reassess your bite to ensure that the treatment was effective. You will typically undergo braces treatment after surgery, for the next 6 to 12 months depending on your case.

After your braces treatment, you’ll wear a custom retainer to stabilize your teeth and support them in their new positions.

Are there any risks associated with jaw surgery?

Like any major surgery, there are risks to orthognathic surgery. You can rest assured that this procedure has been performed plenty of times, and your surgeon will be highly experienced with extensive training in corrective jaw surgery.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have.

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For over 50 years, we’ve provided personalized orthodontic care for families in Oakland, NJ. We’re known for going above and beyond to meet our patients’ needs, and we truly value the relationships we build along the way.

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