Dr Andrew MacMillan is a leading oral and maxillofacial surgeon providing jaw surgery in Brisbane and Toowoomba to correct and repair jaw disorders, conditions and irregularities.
Jaw surgery is often referred to as orthognathic surgery, but is more commonly known as corrective jaw surgery or jaw alignment surgery. These surgical procedures correct jaw bone irregularities and realign the jaws to improve functionality and, in some cases, improve facial appearance, if orthodontics can’t resolve the issue.
Generally, corrective jaw surgery is a last-resort option after other techniques have failed to correct the issue, and is a surgical procedure suitable for patients whose growth has stopped (usually 14 to 16 for females and 17 to 21 for males).
Corrective jaw surgery brings the upper and lower jaws into alignment. It can result in a more balanced lower face that improves facial appearance and may also help to improve self-esteem. More specifically, these surgical procedures can provide improvements for people with speech impediments, improved teeth and dental functionality, and improved breathing, chewing, swallowing and sleep, which can improve overall health. Corrective jaw surgery or jaw alignment surgery may be required to correct: