Lower jaw protrusion
This occurs when there is an overgrown lower jaw (mandible) that protrudes out beyond the upper jaw causing a “long face” and making the nose and eyes to look disproportionately small. Disproportionate jaws can lead to problems with speaking, biting, chewing, swallowing and breathing. The condition also may cause undue stress on the jaw joint (TMJ) and facial muscles. Improper alignment of jaws and teeth may affect the entire facial appearance.
This may be corrected by surgically reducing excess bone in the lower jaw, shortening and setting the chin back.
The advantage of this kind of orthognathic surgery is that immediate results are seen. Also since these surgeries are approached from inside the mouth there are no visible external scars.
Jaw correction surgery brings the teeth and jaws into proper position for better health and appearance. When the appearance is enhanced, it also boosts self esteem. Such surgeries hold the key for youngsters who go through a lot of psychological stress over their facial appearance.