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Orthognathic Surgery in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

Our jaw and dental anatomy has a profound effect on our quality of life. Skeletal and dental irregularities, such as misalignment and structural anomalies, can cause severe discomfort and create functional problems. Breathing problems, headaches, and jaw and muscle pain are just a few of the issues caused by a misaligned jaw. Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure that can address a wide range of jaw-related problems.

Orthognathic surgery can:

  • Realign the jaw bones to correct an open bite, protruding lower jaw, or a small lower jaw
  • Help prevent excessive wear of the teeth
  • Alleviate jaw discomfort and headaches related to TMJ
  • Improve chewing, swallowing and speech impediments
  • Address breathing issues such as sleep apnea (snoring)
  • Correct problems resulting from facial injury or trauma
  • Create a well-balanced, harmonious profile and facial structure

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Orthognathic Surgery and Orthodontics

Not all orthodontic problems can be easily treated with braces or aligners alone. For patients with skeletal discrepancy and imbalances in the jaw, Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen recommends orthodontic treatment in conjunction with orthognathic surgery. While the process is an involved one, the results are transformative.

Before orthognathic surgery, orthodontic care is generally required. As an initial step, Dr. Nikaeen will typically design a customized orthodontic treatment (braces or Invisalign) to move the teeth into an ideal position for surgery. Pre-surgical orthodontic treatment can last from 9-18 months.

During orthognathic surgery, the jaw bone is cut and repositioned. Once the jaw has been properly aligned, the bone is secured in the new position with screws or plates. To adjust and reshape the jaw, some patients may need bone removed; others may require bone to be added. Bone is typically taken from the hip, leg, or rib and grafted into place.

After orthognathic surgery, it usually takes 3 to 6 weeks for the jaw to fully heal. When the jaw is healed, further orthodontic treatment is done to perfect the bite.

The amount of time needed to complete the entire process after the surgery will vary from patient to patient, but it usually falls within 12-14 months.

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Orthognathic Surgery Consultation with Dr. Nikaeen

Orthognathic surgery and orthodontic care can have a dramatic effect on your life, improving both your comfort and your appearance. For years, Dr. Nikaeen and her staff have been helping residents of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Southern California achieve their perfect smile. If you are interested in corrective jaw treatments, schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Nikaeen by calling her office at (310) 444-1113 or sending an email.

Testimonials

I just got my attachments off today which means I am officially done with my Invisalign treatment, and I am very happy with the results! My treatment was a little over a year and a half I believe, and my teeth are now as straight as I could have ever hoped. The team at Nikaeen Orthodonics were always warm and welcome. I would highly recommend getting your Invisalign treatment done here if you’re looking for a great place in LA. -Helen S. Los Angeles, CA

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