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Jaw Surgery Specialist

House of Braces

Yon H. Lai, DDS, PC

Orthodontist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

If you fracture your jaw or develop a severe case of TMJ, jaw surgery may be necessary. At House of Braces, in Flushing, Queens, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Yon Lai, DDS, PC, and the team boast years of experience performing jaw surgery. Using medical modeling techniques like 3-D imaging, they can develop a surgical treatment plan that aligns with your needs. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or click the online booking tool today.

Jaw Surgery Q&A

What is jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, uses special tools and custom treatment techniques to improve the alignment of your jaw. It presents an easy and effective way to transform your smile and strengthen your biting and chewing abilities.

Most mild alignment issues of the teeth and jaw respond to orthodontics. But if braces, headgear, or a retainer aren’t enough to achieve your desired results, surgical intervention may be necessary. To ensure optimal outcomes, the team at House of Braces develops custom surgical plans using technologies like medical modeling and 3-D imaging.

Why would I need jaw surgery?

The team at House of Braces uses jaw surgery to:

  • Make biting and chewing easier
  • Correct bite or jaw closure issues
  • Repair facial injuries
  • Treat TMJ
  • Provide relief from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Correct asymmetry

You might also benefit from jaw surgery if your teeth are worn down or damaged due to a malpositioned bite.

What does jaw surgery involve?

At House of Braces, jaw surgery involves a multi-step process.

Step one - Jaw surgery consultation

Before recommending jaw surgery, your provider conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. Then, they take digital X-rays to assess the position of your teeth and jaw. During the exam, let your provider know if you have a chronic health issue like diabetes or high blood pressure, as it may increase the risk of complications.

Step two - Medical modeling

Following the consultation and exam, your provider takes a series of digital impressions with an intraoral scanner. They upload your scans to a computer design program and use 3-D imaging to develop a custom jaw surgery treatment plan. After finalizing a plan, they walk you through the process and explain how to prepare.

Step three - Surgery

On the day of your jaw surgery, the team refers you to their affiliated practice. After your surgeon administers a local anesthetic, they reposition your jaw using special tools and advanced treatment techniques. The procedure takes between two and three hours. Once the anesthesia wears off, a friend or family member picks you up and drives you home.

Will jaw surgery benefit me?

Only a qualified oral surgeon can determine if jaw surgery is right for you. Following an exam and discussion of your goals for treatment, your provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.

Request your jaw surgery consultation at House of Braces by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.