Some patients have severe bite problems that cannot be corrected by braces alone. To correct these types of bites, both braces and jaw surgery are needed. This type of jaw surgery is called orthognathic surgery.
Case 1 Lower jaw is moved forward.
Case 2 Lower jaw is moved back.
If orthognathic surgery is recommended, first, braces will be placed to align and to straighten the teeth. Then, with the braces on, the oral surgeon will move the jawbones so that the teeth bite properly. The surgery is done inside the mouth so there are no incisions on the face. After surgery, the braces stay on until the jaws heal and the teeth touch properly.