Jaw Surgery: What You Should Know

Sometimes, to get the perfect smile, you might have to get jaw surgery with your braces on. It’s not as scary as it sounds, and the results are always incredible. You might have to get to fix numerous problems. Surgery can fix several issues that you might be experiencing. These include Overbite, underbite, a receding or protruding jaw, as well as a misaligned chin. If you have any chewing or biting problems,  the operation will also fix those issues. It will also drastically change your appearance for the better. Your smile will be fixed, and it will be proportional to the remainder of your face.

When Is An Operation Needed?

If you experience one of the following listed below, it is highly likely that you require surgery

  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • You have trouble swallowing food or saliva
  • Constant chin pain that causes headaches
  • Your teeth do not close entirely, and spaces are left between top and bottom
  • A facial injury that has damaged your mouth
  • A receding chin that is lagging behind your upper mouth
  • A protruding lower and upper jaw
  • Unable to completely close your lips
  • You experience sleep apnea


Candidates for the operation cannot all be categorized. Whether you require surgery or not depends on your oral surgeon’s opinion along with your orthodontist’s. Candidates usually have a misaligned jaw or an improper bite.

Talking To The Specialists

A team of health professionals working together will decide if you require an operation and which type you require. It usually begins when your orthodontist notices it would be best to get surgery to fix some biting issues. He/She will the then refer you to an oral surgery who will begin planning it and how to fix the problems. Your surgeon will take X rays and teeth molds to prepare appropriately. This will ensure that you get the best results possible. After the operation, you will visit your surgeon a few times to make sure your mouth is healing correctly.


There are various types of surgeries. Each problem has a particular procedure to fix it. All these different methods have one goal in common: Creating a perfect bite.

  1. Open Bite Correction: To fix an open bite, your surgeon removes part of the bone found in your upper mouth. After that, your surgeon secures your jaw appropriately using screws and plates.
  2. Protruding Lower Jaw Correction: Your surgeon will separate the bone at the back from the one at the front. They will then position the bones such that it aligns correctly.
  3. Lower Jaw Correction: The surgeon modifies that lower jaw bone so that it aligns properly with your upper one.


You will most likely get your dental surgery done while you have braces on. Your orthodontist will want to move your teeth into their aligned position. Once he deems you are ready for it, he will refer you to an oral surgeon. Once you visit your surgeon, their clinic will take X rays and medical information, along with teeth molds. Then they will provide you with extra details such as the date of surgery and what to eat and do on the day of. The day of the operation you show up, and the begin doing their work, and sometimes you might be kept at the hospital overnight. After the procedure, you will return to visit your oral surgeon after a week for a quick checkup. From then on, you will continue working with your orthodontist for the remainder of your treatment.


It will take you about 6-8 weeks to recover from an oral operation. Surgeries can be very emotionally and physically draining, so be sure to rest plenty during those weeks. Following the 6-8 week period, you will be able to return to work and eating regular foods. 100% Healing of the bone usually takes a year, but the healing process will not affect your daily life.

Post-operation, you will be on a strict no solid foods diet. You are advised only to eat liquids and extremely soft foods that require no chewing (i.e., mashed potatoes). It is best if you drink protein shakes and milkshakes. Make sure you get enough calories daily to speed up the healing. Before your operation, your surgeon’s clinic should provide you with a list of food items and other information that will be beneficial. As well, they will give you a prescription of antibiotics and other medicines to lower the pain you are feeling.