Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with a malocclusion (an improper bite) due to jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the growth of the maxilla (upper jaw) may not match the growth of the mandible (lower jaw) resulting in misalignment of the jaws. Jaw misalignment can adversely affect chewing, speech, comfort and appearance. Jaw misalignment can be due to genetic inheritance, injury to the jaws during early childhood development or birth defects.