Orthognathic Surgery in Glen Burnie, MD
Orthognathic surgery realigns the jaws and teeth to improve their function and to improve cosmetics of the face. Many times orthognathic surgery is performed in combination with orthodontics to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities.
Orthognathic surgery may be an option for you if you have speech problems, chronic jaw pain, an open bite, protruding jaw, breathing problems, or difficulty chewing or swallowing. Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of a traumatic injury to the face. Before any treatment is recommended, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. Your doctor will discuss all of your options as well as answer any questions you may have.
Orthognathic surgery may help to:
- Make biting and chewing food easier
- Improve speaking and breathing
- Minimize wear and breakdown of the teeth
- Improve the appearance of the face by correcting issues such as deficient chins, underbites, overbites and crossbites and other facial imbalances
- Restore the symmetry to facial features
- Improve “gummy” smiles
- Improve smiles that do not show the teeth
- Reduce the risk of TMJ disorder
- Provide relief for sleep apnea
- Repair post-traumatic facial injuries