Jaw Surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, involves the surgical correction of the jaws and lower face. These procedures can correct underbites, overbites, small or large chins, and bite discrepancies. The majority of these bite discrepancies are treated in conjunction with orthodontic treatment in preparation for the surgery.
Do I have to have my teeth wired together after jaw surgery?
Generally no. The large majority of patients only have elastics to help them become comfortable with their new bite. Only about one patient in fifty has to be wired together and then only for a short time.
Why is it important to have my bite corrected?
A balanced bite is very important in maintaining the health of the teeth. After braces, if the teeth do not come together correctly, the teeth will tend to drift more. Even if a retainer is worn, the most important factor in the long term stability of the teeth is how well they fit together. Unbalanced bites also tend to be damaging to the teeth and the jaw joints. Over time, the teeth will become ground down where they are wearing unevenly. Often some of the teeth become overloaded and may fracture while other teeth do not make contact and drift. This creates what is often called a rollercoaster bite.
An unbalanced bite will often cause pain, popping, and clicking in the jaw joints. This can generally be prevented by correcting the bite discrepancy with orthodontics and jaw surgery.