Orthognathic Surgery

Corrective jaw, or orthognathic, surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, open bite, underbite, and overbite. Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. While the patient's appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.

Orthognathic Surgery Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Orthognathic Surgery
avg. recovery
0 days
Is permanent
Surgical Procedure
$20000 - $40000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.03.2021

During an orthognathic surgery to correct an open bite, the orthognathic surgery performed will always be bimaxillary, to correctly position both the mandibular and the maxillary arch, usually by making rotational and orbital movements. Some of the bone in the upper tooth bearing portion of the jaw is removed. The upper jaw is then secured in position with plates and screws.

The goal or orthognathic surgery is to address both aesthetic and functional issues caused by the misalignment of the jaw.


Orthognathic Surgery addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Initial jaw healing typically takes about six weeks after surgery, but complete healing can take up to 12 weeks. After initial jaw healing at about six weeks your orthodontist finishes aligning your teeth with braces. The entire orthodontic process, including surgery and braces, may take several years. Once the braces are removed, retainers to hold tooth position may be used.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for orthognathic surgery has an open bite, overbite, or underbite, difficulty chewing, difficulty swallowing, chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache, excessive wear of the teeth, unbalanced facial appearance, facial injury, birth defects, inability to make the lips meet without straining, chronic mouth breathing, and/or sleep apnea.

Not Recommended For

Orthognathic surgery is not recommended for patients who can achieve their orthodontic goals with conventional treatment such as braces or headgear.

Side Effects

The most common short-term complications of orthognathic surgery include temporary numbness, excessive bleeding, infection at incision sites, tooth damage, nausea and vomiting. Possible long-term complications of orthognathic surgery include TMJ disorders, poor cosmetic outcome, or relapse of original jaw disorder.


  • healthy jaw
  • balanced jaw
  • functional jaw
  • ability to chew
  • ability to breath
  • treat chronic jaw pain
  • treat chronic joint pain
  • treat TMJ pain
  • treat headaches
  • correct facial injuries
  • correct birth defects
  • treat sleep apnea
  • correct bite


  • braces
  • lifestyle changes
  • modified diet
  • no tobacco
  • discomfort

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