Corrective jaw surgery is performed to remedy skeletal problems such as Class II or Class III features. If your bite severely impairs your ability to bite, chew and speak due to upper and lower jaws being out out of position, your orthodontist co-ordinates with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to re-position jaws and teeth for optimal function.
Jaw surgery usually occurs for adults to re-position their jaws because unlike chidlren, adults jaw are no longer developing and growing. Surgery is required to modify the size or shape of an adult’s jaw bones. The cause of disportionate jaw positions may be genetic, birth defects or jaw injuries. Surgical orthodontics is generally recommended for adults who have a severe problem that cannot be corrected by orthodontic treatment alone.