Some patients are affected by abnormalities in the position of the their facial bones. These abnormalities may cause:
Underbite; i.e. lower front teeth which are in front of the upper front teeth
Severe horizontal overbite; i.e. upper front teeth which are positioned too far forward in relation to the lower front teeth
Excessive gum display when smiling
Anterior openbite; i.e. upper front teeth which do not overlap the lower front teeth.
Often, these abnormalities cause difficulties in chewing, talking, and sleeping. Sometimes these abnormalities cause excessive wear on some of the teeth. Orthognathic surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment is required treat such cases.
There have been many recent advances in orthognathic surgery. These advances have lead to increased predictability and reduced treatment times and recovery periods.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is often the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
If you are an existing patient and are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please call us any time (510) 793-9025