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Adult Orthodontics Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
Jaw Surgery Required? Orthodontist Says No I've had braces for a little over a year now, soon approaching the end of treatment.

I'm very unhappy with the results because my jaw placement feels much more unnatural now than it did before.

I got on braces to fix an over jet, and I passed on an option for jaw surgery (to widen my upper jaw) in favor of just braces treatment, which they said would help in the same way.

Would it be too late to conduct the surgery? I feel as if my upper jaw too far back from where it should be. I've never felt this constricted with my teeth. There is no comfortable position now to place my teeth together or apart.

If X-Rays show my upper jaw to be in the right place, why would I be having these problems? ....Visitor from CA

According to your description, it appears your dentists positioned your teeth as close as possible to ideal without having jaw surgery.

Depending on your new existing bite and position of teeth, they may be able to still perform the surgery possibly requiring the need for ortho again.

Without an xray and photos it is difficult to say for sure, but you may also be able to correct some positioning and esthetics with restorative or cosmetic work that can also alter the positiong of your jaw by opening your bite if necessary.

Review these photographic examples of a patient who underwent combination treatments of surgery, orthodontics and cosmetic, retorative dentistry to deliver the patient's desired outcome.

A Nazarian, DDS

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