Orthognathic surgery is an operation that is performed in order to reposition the lower, the upper or in some cases, both jaws, for individuals who have abnormally positioned jaw, in accordance with the base of the skull. It is also done for individuals who have rather large discrepancy in the sizes of the two jaws when compared with each other. Orthognathic surgery is used most of the time to change the patient’s facial shape completely.
The surgery should be performed only after a detailed consultation is done with your doctor. In the initial stages of the treatment the teeth are to be aligned first, then comes the part where useless teeth like the wisdom teeth are removed. It usually takes about 18 to 24 months for the treatment for straightening the teeth with the help of braces. When the teeth are all set, the jaw surgery is performed on one or both the jaws. Post the surgery, one will undergo a final orthodontic treatment that is going to last for about approximately 6 months.
It is normal for a patient who goes jaw reshaping or jaw correction surgery to feel a bit of pain or have some discomfort post the orthognathic surgery. The pain is going to vary from one individual to another as per their pain tolerance level. But in order for making everything go smoothly, one needs to take the medication as directed by the doctor. After all this is done, the patient is now free to enjoy the benefit of having attractive facial features accompanied by a stunning smile.