What is orthognathic surgery?
The face is without doubt the most important feature of the human body. You speak through it, you emote through it, you eat and breathe through it. It also has a significant impact on your interactions with society, which can hugely affect your everyday life and psychological wellbeing.
Orthognathic surgery improves the appearance of the face by improving the harmony of its facial proportions, the functional and aesthetic relationship between the teeth so that teeth fit better within the jaw.
Simply put, the aim of orthognathic surgery is to reposition the jaws.
Large improvements may often be obtained by altering the position of the upper and lower jaws. In addition, orthognathic surgery is ideal for young adults who have an over- or under-growth of one half of the jaw which has resulted in facial asymmetry.
There can be no finer demonstration of the capability of Mr Lee’s orthognathic surgery than the testimony of his patients.
Hear how the work of Mr Lee and his dedicated team has transformed one patient’s life in this video.
Orthognathic Surgery and Orthodontics: it's a team effort
Ultimately, orthognathic surgery and orthodontics work together to obtain a successful result. A good relationship and clear communication between Mr Lee and the team of orthodontists that he works with is critical because the two coordinate the fit of your teeth together, in conjunction with a plan for your surgery. It’s a team effort.
New techniques, faster recovery
There are new techniques in orthognathic surgery that decrease the swelling and downtime associated with larger operations.
With surgical techniques that involve less trauma to tissue, and by using Hilotherapy masks after surgery, Mr Lee has had great success with patients feeling better faster after operations.
A big misconception is that patients have to have their jaws wired shut after surgery. This is absolutely not the case in our practice. Almost always, patients will have light elastic bands to guide the bite – not any alarming facial scaffolding!
Mr Lee's common procedures
- Bite Correction (Dentofacial Osteotomy)
- Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)
- Surgical Correction of Sleep Apnoea
- Le Fort Osteotomies I, II and III
- Sagittal Split Osteotomy
- Distraction Osteogenesis
- Improvements to facial asymmetries
These are some of the orthognathic surgery procedures undertaken by Mr Lee and his team.
It may be that you require a different procedure, in which case Mr Lee will be more than happy to discuss your individual treatment.
If you want to see more about the different orthognathic procedures, the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has some excellent videos on their website.
Click on the thumbnails to visit the BOS site and watch them.