Jaw deformities caused by unequal jaw growth can be surgically corrected. Treating your jaw deformity will eliminate or greatly reduce any problems related to your condition, such as chewing, breathing and speaking difficulties, as well as restore the aesthetic balance of your entire face.
Corrective jaw surgery involves moving all or part of the upper or lower jaw, or both, into a more balanced position. The majority of the surgery is performed inside the mouth without any external scarring. A hospital stay and recovery period may be necessary for more involved surgeries, while minor procedures can be performed on a same-day basis.
After the jaws are moved into their new position, rubber bands or wires attached to the teeth may be used to fasten the jaws together during healing. In other instances, miniature screws and plates are used to allow you to open and close your jaws sooner after corrective surgery.
Also, some people require orthodontic treatment, such as braces or other appliances, to align their teeth properly before corrective jaw surgery. In these cases, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work closely with an orthodontist to coordinate your care to prepare you for surgery.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.