A face and the teeth that appear beautiful while smiling are inevitable part of physical appearance for everybody. If your innate characteristics do not meet your wish, aesthetic and plastic surgery offers you personalized solutions.

Jaw is important for aesthetic appearance!

Both jaws play a very crucial role in a beautiful smile, appropriate bite, healthy chewing functions and physical appearance of the face. The lower jaw, called mandible, and the upper jaw, called maxilla, play a very serious role jointly in aesthetic appearance of the teeth. People with both aesthetic and functional complaints frequently seek treatment for jaw aesthetics and orthognathic surgery. Considering the jaw aesthetics, surgical correction is most commonly performed in the tip of the jaw. Various aesthetic surgeries can be performed for people with underdeveloped tip of the lower jaw or protruded or retracted jaw relative to middle zone of the face. Intraoral approach is used for most of these techniques; the tip of the jaw is either protruded or retracted. Sometimes, jaw tip prostheses are used to have the tip of the lower jaw look more prominent.

Jaw Aesthetic is not sought solely for concerns about physical appearance!

  • There are many people who have complaints about both jaws other than the aesthetic concerns. The complaints we commonly hear are as follows:
  • Inability to contact the teeth of upper and lower jaws with each other.
  • I cannot chew foods well while eating.
  • One part of my lower jaw moved to other side.
  • I have history of jaw fracture in childhood. The fracture was left untreated. The fracture of the lower jaw did not heal properly (malunion).
  • My upper jaw is too depressed and retracted.
  • I have undergone many surgeries due to cleft lip. My upper jaw and lip are underdeveloped.
  • My jaw bones were broken in traffic accident and healed abnormally.
  • Jaws of my children appear smaller than normal. Difficulty in breathing is experienced.

Solution: Orthognathic Surgery

Deformities of both jaws affect the natural functions, such as breathing, chewing and eating, along with the aesthetic appearance. “Orthognathic Surgery” offers very successful outcomes for such problems.

Those surgeries are performed to;

  • Move the lower jaw forward/backward,
  • Move the upper jaw forward/backward,
  • Correct right/left alignments of both jaws,
  • Advance both jaws upward/downward relative to each other,
  • Intervene both jaws in combined surgeries,
  • Use “distraction” method to ensure new bone formation.

These surgeries are performed when the patient is 17 to 18 years old on average, as growth of the jaw should be completed. The surgery can be performed 1 to 2 years earlier in women, as growth of jaws is completed earlier. Breathing problems are another reason for early surgical management. The surgery is planned jointly by a plastic surgeon and an orthodontist and it is performed by well-trained plastic surgeons. The patient may require dental braces both before and after the surgery. The surgery technique and the extent of translocating the bones are mandated by various special graphics. Following a surgery that is performed under general anesthesia and last for approximately 2 to 3 hours, the patient gains the expected jaw that looks aesthetic. Special tapes are attached to the dental braces to keep both jaws closed for 6 to 8 weeks. Nutrition of the patient requires special care in this period and special nutrition drinks should be used to avoid weight loss. The jaw aesthetic and orthognathic surgery techniques offer very promising outcomes and they should be performed by well trained plastic surgeons.