Do I Need Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery

Most issues with overbites, underbites, tooth crowding, etc. can be remedied with one of the traditional orthodontic treatment options offered at My Orthodontist. However, sometimes patients have skeletal or dental irregularities that require more modified, invasive forms of treatment. That is where jaw surgery comes in.

Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is performed when problems with teeth and bite alignment cannot be corrected solely through traditional orthodontic treatment like braces or Invisalign. While the reasons for needing jaw surgery vary, what doesn’t is the procedure’s ability to correct the extensive oral issues you may be experiencing.

Types of Procedures

There is often a stigma associated with the word “surgery,” which leads people to believe a procedure will be more severe than it actually is. But in truth, a large number of jaw surgeries are straightforward and familiar. For example, one type of common dental/ortho surgery is the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth (molars that don't fully protrude through the gums), which is a very straightforward procedure that many people are familiar with.

Who Can Benefit from Jaw Surgery?

Many oral issues can be remedied through traditional orthodontic treatment like braces or Invisalign. But, while orthodontic treatment can successfully align the teeth, sometimes the jaws themselves need to be brought in alignment through more extensive means. In these cases, after a thorough examination, your orthodontist will let you know if you are a good candidate for jaw surgery.

Generally, patients who have tooth misalignment, jaw issues, or facial asymmetry problems that cause difficulty chewing, talking, sleeping, or carrying on routine activities may benefit from jaw surgery. Additionally, jaw surgery can also correct aesthetic oral issues, for instance: protruding jaws, congenital defects, or unbalanced facial appearance.

Conditions That Can be Treated with Jaw Surgery Include:

The Surgical Process

While every patient has unique needs, there are some commonalities in all jaw surgery procedures. The first (and perhaps most important) of which is the careful consultation and planning performed by members of your orthodontic treatment team beforehand.


Our staff may recommend orthodontic treatment combined with surgical procedures to correct your oral issue. Using diagnostic images, 3-D models, and advanced software, we will develop a step-by-step plan for the entire process.


This depends on office location and your orthodontist. The type of anesthesia used is whatever is most appropriate for the procedure.


You & Your Smile

The various teeth straightening orthodontic treatments available at My Orthodontist can treat many oral alignment issues. However, for more severe cases of discord between your teeth and jaws, jaw surgery is a great alternative option. When your procedure is complete you can enjoy the benefits of improved functionality and an enhanced appearance, which create positive changes in many aspects of life.

Have questions about what orthodontic treatment options may be right for you? Request an appointment at My Orthodontist and get examined by an orthodontist in one of our nine offices today! For your convenience we have locations in Lawrenceville, West New York, Cherry Hill, Deptford, East Orange, Paterson, Bayonne, and Medford New Jersey, as well as Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

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