Surgical Orthodontics (Corrective Jaw Surgery) | Buttram Orthodontics



Surgical Orthodontics (Corrective Jaw Surgery)

Though most conditions can be treated with a full treatment of Empower® advanced braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, and/or an orthodontic appliance, more severe cases may require surgical orthodontics.

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery and corrective jaw surgery, is a more intensive orthodontic treatment that serves to treat jaw irregularities, skeletal issues and severe misalignments. 


Through early orthodontic treatment, we can help to prevent the need for surgical orthodontics later in life. This is why it’s important that children receive their first orthodontic exam by the age of 7. 


Dr. Buttram can identify skeletal issues or conditions that are soon to become problematic, and we can create a custom treatment plan to intervene and correct the jaw bones while they’re still developing!


Once the jaw bones have stabilized, jaw surgery may be necessary.

How do I know if I need surgical orthodontics?

It can be difficult to tell if you need surgical orthodontics without a professional opinion. That’s why we offer complimentary consultations! Dr. Buttram will examine your teeth and jaw bones with no charge. We genuinely want to help you make the best decision for your smile.


There are a few telling conditions that may indicate a need for surgical orthodontics, including:

  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Lips or teeth don’t meet in the front when the mouth is closed
  • Facial deformities from birth or injury
  • Frequent mouth-breathing
  • Sleep apnea


At your first visit to our office, we’ll determine whether surgical orthodontics is the most efficient treatment route for your case.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

Jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and typically completed in a hospital. 


If we determine that orthognathic surgery is necessary, we will refer you to an experienced surgeon. The surgery may take a few hours, and generally requires a two-week recovery period post-surgery. We advise that you take time off of work or school to allow for a complete recovery.


Once your jaws have healed, Dr. Buttram will reassess your bite to ensure that the treatment was effective. You will typically undergo orthodontic treatment after surgery for the next 6 to 12 months, depending on your case. 

What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery?

If necessary to treat your condition, corrective jaw surgery can help you experience your true smile. Jaw surgery will reposition the jaw bones to create a healthy alignment and bite position. 


Corrective jaw surgery will restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly. Because the jaw bones play a critical role in facial structure, corrective surgery can significantly improve your appearance, boost your self-esteem and renew your confidence. 

Experience a stunning new smile

And enjoy the journey along the way.