Maybe your orthodontist has recommended corrective jaw surgery. But what is corrective jaw surgery and what can it do to enhance your life? Corrective jaw surgery is a procedure done by expert oral surgeons to correct irregularities or problems in your facial structure (more specifically your jaw bone) and strengthen your smile. Corrective surgery is usually done hand-in-hand with orthodontic treatment (aka, braces) to ensure that you get the most out of your procedure. Here are three potential benefits to getting corrective jaw surgery.
Improves Your Bite
Perhaps you have been told that you have a “bad bite.” This usually refers to a misaligned jaw. In other words, the top of your jaw and the bottom of your jaw don’t line up the way they should, causing your teeth to not come together properly. Misaligned teeth can lead to difficulties in chewing, or even breathing. Other indications of a bad bite include headaches, teeth grinding, and clicking in your jaw. Having a misaligned smile not only can be the source of low self-esteem, but it can also result in larger health problems down the road. Jaw surgery can correct these problems by improving your jaw alignment.
Improves Your Sleep
As previously mentioned, a bad bite can aggravate or lead to other health problems like headaches and teeth grinding. Furthermore, it can create discomfort and pain in your mouth and jaw. If you are experiencing any one of these issues, you may find it difficult to sleep at night. Getting corrective jaw surgery will help to reduce these problems so that you can get a better night’s rest.
Improves Your Speech
Abnormalities in your jaw and its alignment can also lead to speech impediments or other challenges. This is because, when the jaw is misaligned, it may change the way air passes through your mouth to create speech. Your tongue may be shifted or gaps in your teeth could allow for too much air to pass through. Getting corrective jaw surgery coupled with braces could eliminate a lot—if not all—of your challenges when speaking.
If no one has recommended corrective jaw surgery to you but you think that you may benefit from the procedure, schedule an appointment with your orthodontist today. He or she can assess your needs and ensure that you are referred to a great oral surgeon. They will also recommend different braces options that, combined with oral surgery, could greatly improve your quality of life.
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