Corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery is an effective solution when the upper and lower jaws do not fit together correctly, or when the relationship between the teeth and the jaw is mismatched. Orthodontics (braces) can help to improve the position of the teeth, but corrective jaw surgery is sometimes necessary to achieve a healthier and more functional jaw alignment. After jaw surgery, there is often a notable improvement in facial appearance, but the health and functionality of the teeth and jaws will also be greatly improved.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is ideal for anyone who suffers from a misaligned bite due to the improper alignment of the jaws. If the upper and lower jaws have grown at different rates, there is a significant risk for chewing problems, speech impediments, and long-term oral health problems. Jaw surgery may also be recommended for individuals who have experienced a jaw injury or a birth defect which has disrupted the alignment of the jaw.  Jaw surgery is typically necessary when the alignment of the teeth cannot be addressed through orthodontics (braces) alone. In repositioning the jaw, the position of the teeth can also be enhanced.

These and many other conditions can be improved or corrected through orthognathic surgery:

  • Swallowing, biting, or chewing problems

  • Speech disorders and problems

  • The inability to bring the teeth together when the jaw is closed

  • Chin, jaws, or lips that protrude

  • Breathing disorders/ Sleep disorders

Enhanced Orthognathic Surgery through Technology

Dr. Peak is experienced in the use of 3-D, computer-aided technology to illustrate each phase of your surgical procedure. During your pre-surgical consultation, digital x-ray images and computerized video will reveal how your bite can be improved to show you how you can expect to look after surgery. Our team will work to ensure that you fully understand the entire surgical process as well as the anticipated outcome of the proposed treatment.

If corrective jaw surgery is recommended for you, Dr. Peak will partner with your general dentist and your orthodontist throughout the course of your treatment. With orthognathic surgery, you will find that the new relationship between your teeth and jaws can be more attractive, more functional, and far healthier. We will be happy to schedule your surgical consultation and provide you with additional information when you contact our office for an appointment today.