Corrective jaw surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional, and healthy.

Whether your needs include improving your bite and function, appearance, or speech, corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on your outlook on life. We are here to work together with you to help you achieve a beautiful, functional, pain-free smile that will last for the rest of your life.


In some cases, your upper and lower jaws may have grown at different rates. Injuries and birth defects may also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics can usually correct problems when only the teeth are misaligned, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct the misalignment of the jaws.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may be an excellent candidate for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting food, or swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
  • Facial injury or birth defects
  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)


Receiving treatment to correct any of the above conditions is a commitment, not only to your health but to your happiness as well. While treatment, which may include surgery and orthodontic treatment in Lafayette, may take several years to complete, the results will last a lifetime. There is no reason to live with painful, uncomfortable jaw conditions. Contact our office to learn about the best treatment option for you, your needs, and your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Corrective jaw surgery is an invasive procedure we can use to correct any irregularities in your jaw bones and realign your dental structures to improve function, dental health, and facial appearance when orthodontics alone cannot fix your problems.

If your orthodontist determines your dental alignment or facial structure problems cannot be fixed with orthodontics alone, you will need the help of an additional specialist to perform jaw surgery on you. You’ll still have to undergo some type of orthodontic work at some point.

First of all, you’ll have to receive some type of anesthetic to avoid any sensation of pain. Most cases of jaw surgery are simple, but your specialists will tell you what to expect for your case.

Yes. Most cases of a bad bite won’t require invasive surgery. Instead, you can consult with an orthodontist and have an orthodontic appliance gradually and safely realign your teeth and jaws. Make sure you consult with an orthodontist about what appliance works best for your case.

As much as we’ve described it as an invasive procedure, jaw surgery is not a painful treatment. We make sure you receive a sedative that keeps you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Please be mindful of the recovery process to get better and manage any discomfort that follows.

It’s probable you’ll have to continue wearing an orthodontic appliance and realign your teeth. Make sure you listen to your specialist’s instructions regarding the recovery process.