Jaw surgery, also known as maxillofacial surgery, is sometimes necessary in adults in order to correct the alignment of the jaws. As adults’ bodies are no longer growing, such correction may require surgery. All orthodontic corrections take account of jaw correction objectives in any case, and it is possible to simply camouflage the issue to a certain extent in order to avoid surgery. However, depending on how severely misaligned the jaws are, orthodontic correction alone may not fully solve the problem. This type of intervention allows improvements to be made from an aesthetic perspective, but above all focuses on functional corrections. Before starting treatment, you will have a consultation with a surgeon to confirm what your needs are and the objectives of the treatment. Our team works with numerous highly renowned specialists.
Objective of maxillofacial surgery
This type of surgery is primarily functional, although the appearance of the face and smile do remain a priority as the surgery can also correct patients’ facial proportions.
Maxillofacial surgery improves chewing function. Moreover, airflow is improved which can help correct sleep apnoea. Improving the lip seal also brings phonetic benefits.
Ensuring the jaws are properly aligned is essential in achieving stability in the alignment of the teeth over the long term. In addition to ensuring better muscular balance at the level of the facial skeleton, properly aligned jaws also improve gum health.
Correcting the position of the jaws ensures better occlusion and reduces premature wearing of the teeth. Finally, achieving better muscular balance helps support the temporomandibular joint.