orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, is performed when a patient’s jaws are in an improper position. To perform orthognathic surgery, the doctor carefully cuts the bone and moves the jaw into the right position.
To determine the right position, your doctor will take photos, x-rays, and 3D scans of your jaw, mouth, and face. From there, the doctor will use computer software to precisely measure the movements needed to give you a perfect bite.
Usually, incisions are made inside the mouth, so scars do not appear on the patient’s face. If the doctor has to make cuts on the patient’s face, they are usually performed on natural skin creases. Once the doctor positions the jaw correctly, the doctor will screw in small bone plates to the patient’s jaw.