What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery FAQs

Find out more about what you can expect when getting jaw alignment surgery by reading the answers to these frequently asked questions:

Orthognathic surgery has very high success rates, and 85-90% of patients are satisfied with its outcomes. This procedure has outstanding results for improving oral function and correcting the aesthetic shortcomings caused by jaw or chin misalignment.

A jaw alignment operation can be considered major surgery, as it is performed under general anaesthesia and requires several weeks to fully recover. However, the procedure is generally safe and does not require lengthy hospitalisation. 

Before your jaw surgery, you will undergo general anaesthesia. That means you will sleep soundly the entire time and will not feel anything. While you may experience pain for a few days after the anaesthetic wears off, the consultants in our pain management clinic will be there for you to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.

Every surgical procedure carries some risk, and jaw alignment surgery is no exception. While most patients don’t face any issues, there is a small chance of complications, such as:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding, bruising, or swelling
  • Damage to your teeth
  • Temporomandibular disorder (pain and dysfunction in your jaw joint or muscles)
  • Fixation device fracture (the plates or screws holding your jaw in place may break) 
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Dental or skeletal relapse (your teeth may become misaligned or, rarely, your jaw may be pushed back into its original position before it has a chance to heal)

While you will likely only spend a couple of days in the hospital, full recovery from orthognathic surgery can take between 2 and 6 months. You may need to be on a liquid or pureed food diet during this time. You may also need some orthodontics to ensure your teeth remain well-aligned. Rest assured that our team of specialists will closely monitor your healing and provide guidance and support at every step.

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If you still have unanswered questions regarding jaw surgery, find out more about this procedure and its recovery process:

Corrective jaw surgery has many benefits for your teeth, digestion, breathing, and facial features alike:

  • Preventing unnecessary tooth wear if your teeth do not meet properly.
  • Correcting your bite so you can chew better (which can improve your digestion).
  • Reducing jaw joint and muscle pain stemming from bite problems.
  • Resolving certain forms of obstructive sleep apnea and mouth breathing.
  • Increasing your self-confidence by making your face more symmetrical.

While some patients require another orthognathic operation, this is not common. Studies show that approximately 2-3% of people who had jaw alignment surgery are reoperated, most within 6 months to 1 year after the initial procedure.

Some patients may be ready to return to work only a couple of weeks post-surgery. However, most need about a month of healing before resuming their professional activity. As long as you don’t over-exert your operated jaw, it is likely safe to return to work as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so.

You will likely have no visible scarring after orthognathic jaw surgery. That is because the operation is performed on the inside of your mouth. No incisions are normally made on the outside of your cheeks or chin, so you should be left with no unappealing facial marks.

You can safely get jaw alignment surgery when your jaws and teeth have stopped growing. That usually happens around the age of 14-16 for girls and 17-21 for boys. There is no upper age limit for this procedure, as long as you are in general good health and preferably a non-smoker (smoking can significantly increase the risk of complications for any surgery).

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Spread the cost of your medical treatment over several months with our finance options and medical payment plans. This is ideal for patients seeking the speed and comfort of private healthcare without significant upfront payments.


Use our self-payment options to get prompt care with the consultant of your choice. Patients looking for fast, efficient treatment without private health insurance are welcome to pay for treatment before their procedure.

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We welcome patients with private medical insurance from approved insurers, including Bupa, AXA, Aviva, and many more. Find out how to claim for your treatment with private health insurance to get optimum care and comfort.

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