Surgical Orthodontics (also known as orthoganthic surgery) treats and corrects irregularities of the jaw and face. Often, these irregularities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping, breathing and other routine activities. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Orthognathic surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile. This helps make sure teeth are in proper position after surgery.
The people needing surgical orthodontics are non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial esthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However, the pre-surgical tooth movement can begin 1 to 2 years prior to these ages.