Orthognathic surgery is necessary when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Reasons for jaw surgery in Irvine, California, include:

  • An improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance.
  • Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment.
  • Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery is required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Dr. Jason Straw uses modern computer-aided techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This will help you understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed treatment.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our oral surgeon will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship. Call Orange County Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center at 949-727-7000 to learn more!