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Types of Corrective Jaw Surgery

A confident smile is a powerful tool that can leave a lasting impression. For some individuals, however, misaligned jaws can lead to discomfort, difficulty chewing, and self-esteem issues. Thankfully, modern medicine offers corrective jaw surgery as a solution to restore not only the alignment of the jaw but also the confidence of the individual. Let’s explore the different types of corrective jaw surgery and how they can transform smiles and lives.


Orthognathic Surgery


Orthognathic surgery, commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure that aims to correct skeletal and dental irregularities in the jaw area. It’s a life-changing surgery that can enhance facial harmony and alleviate functional issues. Orthognathic surgery addresses various problems, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and jaw asymmetry.


During the procedure, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon carefully repositions the jawbones to achieve proper alignment. The surgery is often performed in collaboration with an orthodontist to ensure that the teeth fit perfectly after the jaw realignment.


Maxillary Osteotomy


Maxillary osteotomy is a type of corrective jaw surgery that focuses on the upper jaw (maxilla). It is typically recommended for individuals with significant overbites or underbites caused by a misaligned upper jaw. The surgeon makes incisions in the upper jawbone and repositions it to the correct location, securing it with small plates and screws. This surgery not only improves facial aesthetics but also enhances the patient’s ability to chew and speak.


Mandibular Osteotomy


Mandibular osteotomy targets the lower jaw (mandible) and is performed to correct underbites, overbites, and asymmetrical jaw positioning. During the surgery, the surgeon carefully cuts the jawbone and repositions it to achieve the desired alignment. Once the jaw is correctly placed, it is stabilized using plates and screws. Mandibular osteotomy not only enhances facial appearance but also improves jaw function, reducing strain and discomfort during chewing and speaking.




Genioplasty, also known as chin surgery, is a corrective procedure that focuses on reshaping the chin. It is often performed in combination with other jaw surgeries to achieve facial harmony. In genioplasty, the surgeon can either augment or reduce the size of the chin by repositioning the chin bone or using implants. This surgery not only enhances the profile but also complements the overall facial aesthetics achieved through jaw realignment.


Surgical Process and Recovery


Corrective jaw surgery is a significant procedure that requires careful planning and skillful execution. Before the surgery, the patient undergoes a thorough evaluation, including X-rays, photographs, and 3D imaging, to determine the most suitable approach. The surgery itself is typically performed under general anesthesia, ensuring the patient’s comfort throughout the process.


If you or someone you know is facing jaw misalignment issues, consult with GLOJAS experts to explore the possibilities of corrective jaw surgery. Through this life-changing procedure, you can unlock a beautiful, confident smile and a healthier, more functional lifestyle. Remember, the journey to a transformed smile begins with taking that first step toward a consultation with a skilled professional.


At Glojas, we welcome clients to reach out to us directly to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer guidance and valuable insights on how best to address your specific challenges. Let us assist you in navigating your journey with confidence and clarity.

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