You may wonder what this surgery is about and why someone would put their body through such an inhumane, invasive process, right? A number of people have asked me this question along the way.
Jaw surgery, medically referred to as Orthognathic Surgery, is one method of correcting a number of different problems that a person may have with their bite, particularly focusing on how the jaw bones are aligned. Problems can include a poor bite (out of alignment or non-contacting teeth), TMJ issues, premature wear of teeth, joints, and muscles, speech problems, breathing issues, and facial appearance. In my case, I was born with a cleft lip and palate. I had an underbite that caused me to have a poor speech with lisping and breathing problems. Plus, having a deformed jaw line structure made my face look asymmetrical and sort of ‘unbalanced’.
Orthodontics have an important role in the correction of some of the issues listed above, but its focus is mainly on the positioning and movement of the teeth themselves. Because every person is different in how their bite fits for them, sometimes a satisfactory result can be achieved with the use of orthodontics alone and may not require surgery. However, the amount of movement required to achieve an optimal positioning of not only the teeth but the mechanics of the jaw, including the muscles and joints, will ultimately dictate the requirement for surgery.
Jaw surgery may involve any number of cuts and movements of either or both of the upper and lower jaws. In addition, each jaw, once detached, can further be cut into any number of pieces to allow the surgeon to widen or narrow each jaw to line up the bite.
In my case, the measurements dictated that the safest way forward was to advance my upper jaw in one piece, and rotate and move back my lower jaw, also in one piece. My main justifications for going ahead with this treatment were to correct my bite problems, to rid my issues of breathing problem, and issues with eating and speaking.
Both my Ortho and Surgeon reside in Taipei, Taiwan.
My orthodontist is Dr. Eric Liou
My surgeon is Dr. Philip Chan
I was referred to my orthodontist and Surgeon by two of these Indian doctors I met in Singapore General Hospital about 5 years ago. Before I got my jaw surgery, I had been getting my surgeries and treatment done by these Indian doctors in Amritsar, Punjab, India and in Jaipur, India.