Correctional jaw surgery involves changing the position of the upper or lower jaws and the related teeth to:
- Optimize function (chewing, speaking and breathing)
- Assist with facial soft tissue support
- Correct facial proportions in the lower 2/3 of the face
- Assist some patients with TMJ pain
- Assist some patients who have moderate to severe sleep apnea
Most young adults who have crowding can undergo braces completed by the orthodontist/dentist with excellent results. However, occasionally braces are not enough to bring the teeth together. This is due to a discrepancy in the size of the bottom or top jaws or both.