Permanent jaw alignment for post-injury or developmental issues
Traditional orthodontic treatments can do a great job of correcting issues with your teeth and some facial features. However, sometimes the problem requires a bigger solution. Whether you’ve had an injury in the past or simply have poor jaw alignment, surgery might be the recommended solution.
How we decide if jaw surgery is needed
While orthodontics focus primarily on the position and alignment of the teeth, jaw corrections in growing children fall under orthopaedics, or jaw growth modification. In adults, when we correct any severe misalignments between the upper and lower jaw, it’s known as orthognathic surgery.
However, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which one your dental concerns might fall under. That’s why we recommend a one-on-one consultation with our skilled Orthodontist, who will guide you toward the least invasive treatment plan for you.
Some of the common symptoms that may be a sign of jaw misalignment include:
- A receding or prominent chin
- Excessive gum tissue display
- Space between your top and lower jaw when your mouth is closed
- Inability to meet the lips naturally, without straining
- Constant or frequent pain in your jaw, or at your jaw joint, known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty biting into and chewing your food
- Discomfort when swallowing
After surgery, and once the jaw has healed, patients report the following advantages to their health and appearance:
- Increased symmetry of the jaw and enhanced facial aesthetics
- Pain relief, especially in cases of TMJ disorders
- Corrections in facial deformities or injuries
- More comfortable chewing and biting into food
- Ability to take care of their teeth and dental hygiene
When you visit Clear Orthodontics for your first consultation, you’ll be given a full assessment with photos, digital imaging and 3D scans. If, after carefully reviewing your results, Dr. Duncan determines that jaw surgery is the best treatment for you, she will explain every part of the process in detail.Book your free consultation
What is orthopaedic treatment?
The main advantage of orthopaedic treatment is that you can correct misaligned jaws, reduce pain and restore comfort without the use of surgery. This makes it a less invasive treatment option, which still delivers improved facial structure, ease in chewing and swallowing, and elevated self-esteem.
It is possible to correct many jaw issues in growing patients without surgery, using orthopaedic treatment. This option can help influence the shape and growth of the jaw, to correct any alignment problems. This type of treatment occurs with younger patients, while their jaws are still growing and naturally shifting. This is one of the big reasons it is so important that we see our patients young, whilst their jaws are still growing as we can use this growth to help the developing face, jaws and tooth eruption.
Dr. Laura Duncan is very experienced at creating solutions for young patients. If you think your child may need jaw surgery or orthopaedic treatment now or in the future, book a consultation and learn more about your options. Early assessment can mean no jaw surgery and often even no braces later.Book a free consultation