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A protruding upper jaw (sticks out too far) and retrusive lower jaw (set back too far) – Class 2 Profile A protruding lower jaw (sticks out too far) and retrusive upper jaw (set back too far) – Class 3 Profile Teeth and jaws can stick forwards causing the lip profile to become more protrusive (prominent) Teeth and jaws that point backwards can cause the lip profile to become more retroclined (less prominent) Asymmetry (facial imbalance) > > A full examination of the face and mouth is carried out, which includes impressions of the teeth for models or casts, special x-rays and photographs of the face and teeth. Over a series of appointments with the various specialists, discussions with you will eventually lead to a final treatment plan and the exact course of your treatment will be explained. In cases where orthognathic surgery is indicated, you may require 12 to 18 months of orthodontic treatment, usually involving braces in order to get your teeth into the best position for optimal surgical results. Surgery is then scheduled when your teeth have been properly aligned. The orthodontic appliances used to align the teeth will usually be left in place during and after the surgical phase to help stabilise the teeth and jaws. After surgery, most patients are able to return to work or social activities within 2 weeks. Advice on your engagement in sporting activities and foreign travel will be based on your predicted post-surgical recovery rate. The refinements required to bring your teeth into their final desired position may mean you will have a few months of orthodontic treatment after the surgery. Whilst it might seem daunting, it is important to understand that if you require surgical treatment it will achieve the best results. Orthognathic surgery is carried out on a much more frequent basis than most people realise and is considered to be a safe way to achieve a total makeover. After combined treatment most patients get the pleasure of benefiting from improved facial appearance, aesthetic profile, dental health and revitalised confidence. > > > Each patient’s treatment is planned individually to make sure that the treatment approach is right for them. CASE STUDY Before treatment After treatment AGE: 20 years PROBLEMS: Protruding lower jaw, Class 3 profile and reverse overbite SOLUTION: Fixed braces and orthognathic surgery on both jaws for 20 months RESULT: Lower jaw pushed back, profile improved to Class 1 and alignment of teeth/bite corrected 49 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com AN INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODONTICS


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