Orthognathic surgery is the process of reshaping the face with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery. A patient might have a bite problem if the jaws do not seem to meet correctly and the teeth do not seem to fit with the jaws. Because of this, the face may appear off balance, it might be difficult to eat or to speak certain sounds, and the individual may not feel attractive. This can be solved with the repositioning of teeth and facial bones to create a more balanced appearance with jaws that work well together. An orthognathic team consists of an orthodontist and a surgeon specially trained in jaw surgery. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening teeth. The orthodontist utilizes braces to move teeth into correct position for the bite after surgery. The surgeon reshapes the jaw and perhaps other facial bones to produce a better bite and a more pleasant appearance. Incisions take place inside the mouth in a process that may take 18 months or more.
The medical and dental experts in UAB Medicine’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery combine precision surgical skills with a gentle touch to help you put your best face forward. Our care teams work with your current dentist or physician to develop comprehensive, effective treatments that meet your personal needs. Backed by the resources of UAB Medicine, these professionals also rely on the research and knowledge from hundreds of specialists in more than 30 areas of medicine. Our surgeons have been trained in both medicine and dentistry, so they have extensive knowledge of both the functional and appearance aspects of the face. Our program follows guidelines set by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
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