When most people think of their options for orthodontic treatment, they likely think of braces or clear aligners. While these treatments are effective for misaligned teeth, sometimes, the problem lies deeper than crooked teeth.

In some cases, orthodontic issues stem from problems with your jaw bone itself, causing you to have difficulty speaking or eating properly. The only real way to correct these problems is through corrective jaw surgery. Learn more about how surgical orthodontics can help improve your life.

When Surgical Orthodontics May Be Necessary

Typically, your orthodontist may recommend jaw surgery if your upper and lower jaw don’t line up and cannot form a proper bite. Surgery may also be recommended to fix aesthetic-based issues that patients may have with their jaw and chin.

By having surgery, you may be able to address and correct the following issues:

Better Breathing

A misaligned jaw can lead to blocked airways, causing breathing issues such as sleep apnea. Through surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist can alter your jaw’s alignment and bite and improve the positioning of your airway to address problems and allow for better breathing.

Easier Eating

While misaligned teeth can cause some difficulty to prevent you from eating properly, a misaligned jaw can create even more problems when it prevents your teeth from forming a proper bite. Jaw surgery can help better align your jaw so your upper and lower connect in the right places and allow for easier eating.

Cosmetic Issues

If you think your chin protrudes out too much or your jawline is not as aesthetically pleasing as you think it should be, surgical orthodontics can help. Your surgeon can work to change the positioning jaw to allow for a more ideal appearance.