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What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Corrective Jaw Surgery, also known as Orthognathic surgery, is the process in which the lower, upper, or both jaws are adjusted to improve one's health, jaw function, and appearance. During this process, the jaw bones can be shifted up or down, in or out, and shortened or lengthened, giving patients a more comfortable bite and more desirable facial structure.

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Why Would Someone Need Orthognathic Surgery?

When a person's teeth or jaws don't align correctly, they may benefit from corrective jaw surgery. Aligning the jaws, so that one's teeth meet appropriately has a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Improved Chewing
  • Clearer Speech
  • Correcting Sleep Apnea
  • Easier Breathing Capacity
  • Preventing Gum Disease
  • More Comfortable Jaw Function
  • Improved Facial Appearance

While orthodontic work may correct some of these concerns, they are limited to only solving problems associated with one's teeth. Treating only one's teeth for jaw bone issues is problematic because it can cause more serious health concerns in the future, such as further orthodontic shifting, gum disease, jaw pain, and even worsening facial appearance. When someone's jaw bones are the source of their issues, it's time to consult an Orthognathic surgeon.

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Corrective Jaw Surgery May be Necessary if You Suffer From:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Trouble Speaking
  • Eating Difficulties
  • Breathing Problems
  • Snoring
  • Retruding/Protruding Jaw Line
  • Severe TMJ Pain
  • Jaw Misalignment
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Whether you have experienced one or more of these issues through childhood or acquired them due to heredity or your environment over time, examining the underlying cause of these ailments with a trusted Orthognathic surgeon will determine whether corrective jaw surgery could give you the health benefits or facial improvements you desire.

Our compassionate staff not only uses the most progressive equipment to ensure that you are comfortable from start to finish, but we also offer state-of-the-art technology and equipment to ensure that you receive the results you are searching for. 

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How Does the Process Work?

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If you think you may be a good candidate for Orthognathic surgery, the first step is scheduling an examination consultation. During the consultation, you will undergo a pain-free examination, which one of our surgeons will consider along with possible x-rays, models, and any orthodontic history you may possess.

Should you need surgery, you will see precisely what the surgery will entail with the help of our advanced three-dimensional models. Additionally, we can use your models and x-rays to show you how we expect your bite to improve after surgery. Best of all, with our state-of-the-art computer technology, we can create images of how we anticipate you to look after surgery, giving you peace of mind. 

With these benefits, you will go into surgery knowing exactly what to expect, what your treatment plan will entail, and will able to visualize realistic outcomes after surgery. Our compassionate staff not only strives make you feel comfortable throughout the entire process, but to educate you on  how corrective jaw surgery could improve your health and lifestyle.

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Whitewater Oral Surgery Group

Proudly serving the Boise area, the trusted staff and surgeons of Whitewater Oral Surgery Group are here to assist you with all of your oral surgery needs. As MDs and jaw surgery experts, our surgeons create an environment that maintains the highest standards of comfort, safety, and equipment, so that you can trust that you are in the best hands. To learn more about how corrective jaw surgery could improve your overall health, appearance, and quality of life, contact us today. 

Telephone Numbers

Phone: (208) 342-7610

Fax: (208) 344-1799

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Whitewater Oral Surgery Group

3003 West Main Street

Boise, Idaho 83702

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What is the Digital Media Library?

The Whitewater Oral Surgery Group’s Digital Media Library is where you will find many full-motion videos, 3D animations, clinical and before-and-after video files. By visiting the digital media library pages, you will be able to view video presentations of common and complex topics ranging from corrective jaw surgery, dental implant surgery, and wisdom tooth surgery. The Boise OMS Digital Media Library is a growing collection of Maxillofacial Surgery topics so be sure to check back.


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Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Then a surgery appointment will be scheduled.