Has anyone here undergone ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY or if any of you are planning to undergo this surgery to correct your jaw/bite. The procedure is usually performed by two specialist, the Oral and maxillofacial surgeon (jaw surgeon) and the orthodontic specialist (Orthodontists).
I'm planning to have this surgery done next year but I need to wear braces for about a year before undergoing surgery.
If anyone have professional knowledge, personal experience, or opinion on this type of surgery, please feel free to post. Thank You very much.
WHAT IS ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
Orthognathic surgery is sometimes called "Surgical Orthodontics" because, just as an orthodontist repositions teeth, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon uses orthognathic surgery to reposition one or both jaws. Just as "orthodontics" means "straight teeth," "orthognathic" means "straight jaws." In fact, because moving the jaws also moves the teeth, orthognathic surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontics so that the teeth are in proper position after surgery.
The objective of orthognathic surgery is the correction of a wide range of minor and major facial and jaw irregularities, and benefits include an improved ability to chew, speak and breathe. In many cases an enhanced appearance can also result.
WHO NEEDS ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
People who can potentially benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite and those with jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a slow and 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 can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct many "bite" problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.
An "open bite" exists if there is space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed.
Candidates for orthognathic surgery can suffer from "retrognathia" or a receding lower jaw, often called a weak chin.
"Underbite" or protruding jaw (babalu)
some videos of individuals who have undergone such surgery:
video of the surgery (warning: don't view if you don't like gory clips)