Jaw and Facial Proportioning
Orthognathic treatment definitively corrects imbalance of the teeth, jaws and facial structures. Meticulous planning and nuanced technique are integral to achieving an impeccable outcome.
An artistic touch elevates treatment to the highest of standards. Each person is unique, and each person requires an individual approach to treatment.
Moving the facial structures dramatically alters the appearance of the face. A jawline can be given definition, the cheekbones made more prominent, the nose and chin refined, and the teeth optimally positioned in the smile arc.
An intimate understanding of these fundamentals enables creation of a unique treatment blueprint that is designed to highlight, enhance and compliment a person’s facial features, establishing harmonious facial balance and proportion.
Digitally planned surgery
Each of our patients is provided with a treatment blueprint that is planned digitally, with the use of 3D surgical design software.
We use this to simulate desired surgical movements based on an individual’s unique condition and desired treatment outcomes.
This allows for visualisation of repositioned structures and the effect that this has on both facial profile and aesthetics.
Digitally performed surgery
3D printed templates are made from the digital simulation, to replicate the same desired movements during the procedure.
The templates position facial structures in the precise location as determined by the 3D surgical design software.
The definitive outcome is a balanced bite, optimal display of teeth in the smile arc, complimentary exposure of the surrounding gum tissue, and harmonious facial balance and symmetry.
Lower jaw advancement
Mandibular advancement extends the lower jaw in people where growth and development has completed.
This increases the volume of a person’s airway, creates a balanced bite, and produces a well-defined jawline with improved facial proportioning.
Upper jaw advancement
A set back upper jaw can give excessive prominence to the nose, and a seemingly long and pointy chin.
Advancement of the upper jaw corrects facial proportion and balance, optimises the bite, and dramatically improves nasal air flow.
Upper jaw expansion
Expanding the upper jaw to correct dental crowding in adults requires surgical assistance.
This allows teeth to be aligned without extractions, and positioned for optimal tooth display when smiling.
For the very retruded lower jaw, or a long lower face, chin surgery helps bring the chin button forwards and upwards, improving lower lip roll, and natural positioning of the lips.
Correction of jaw asymmetry
Rarely, lower jaws can develop asymmetrically, growing either shorter or longer on one side. Correction provides both a balanced bite and a well-proportioned facial appearance.