In the initial orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Tavakoli will assess the need for orthognathic surgery to complement his orthodontic treatment protocol. If you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, you will be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon shortly after so you have the opportunity to discuss the details of the surgery. We can then establish a “team” that will work together with Dr. Tavakoli throughout your treatment, from the initial treatment plan to the final results.
We understand that the idea of corrective surgery might be slightly overwhelming, so we want to assure you that we are available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Some conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery include:
- difficulty chewing or biting food
- difficulty swallowing
- chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- excessive wear of the teeth
- open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- facial injury or birth defects
- receding chin
- protruding jaw
- inability to make the lips meet without straining
- chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)