Corrective Surgery FAQ

Q: When should treatment begin?

A: This varies according to the jaw discrepancy but it always begins with orthodontics (braces) After this, most orthognathic surgery is best left until growth has ceased.

Q: Is orthodontic treatment always necessary with orthognathic surgery?

A: In most instances yes to ensure the best results.  The teeth need to be moved into the ideal position to come together accurately when the surgery is complete.

Q: Is orthognathic surgery considered cosmetic?

A: Although there is a cosmetic element to most orthognathic surgery, the overriding reason for orthognathic surgery is function.  Jaw alignment/relationship and accurate teeth meshing are the primary purpose.

Q: How major is the surgery?

A: Orthognathic surgery varies between patients in terms of what is needed and is in most cases is considered major.  It is however undertaken regularly by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who often work together on surgical cases.

Q: How long will I be off work after orthognathic surgery?

A: Due to the many factors involved, this is difficult to predict.  However a minimum of two weeks off is normally required.

N.B. The above FAQ is only a guide and patients do need to see Dr Acton for a preoperative consultation, during which, individual needs and medical conditions are discussed more thoroughly.  Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries by either telephone or email.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.