For some adults, orthognathic surgery is necessary when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned. Dr. Cheung has many years of experience completing jaw surgery cases.

Orthodontic treatment is designed to correct and straighten teeth, while jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. Together, they can help you achieve your best smile, while improving facial appearance and preserving the functionality of your teeth and jaws.

Here are some examples of jaw alignment problems that may improve with combined orthodontic and surgical treatment:

  • Moderate to severe underbite (anterior crossbite)
  • Narrow upper jaw (posterior crossbite)
  • Lower jaw that is too far back
  • Breathing problems
  • Excessive gummy smile
  • Anterior open bite
  • Posterior open bite
  • Breathing problems

Regardless if these symptoms are hereditary or due to trauma, they can be corrected. As an Orthodontist in Briarcliff Manor, New York, Dr. Cheung collaborates with some of the finest oral surgeons who are experts in orthognathic surgery. The first step is a consultation. If Dr. Cheung recommends jaw surgery as a treatment option, she will take orthodontic records and will refer you to see one of her oral surgery colleagues for a surgical evaluation. Dr. Cheung and your oral surgeon will finalize your treatment plan, and you will be well on your way to achieving dentofacial harmony. They can complete your orthodontic treatment with the same types of appliances that Dr. Cheung uses for her non-surgical cases: traditional braces, clear braces or clear aligners.

Dr. Cheung collaborates with the oral surgeon to complete these cases, before, during and after surgery. In doing so, Dr. Cheung and the oral surgeon provide an enhanced level of care to patients. Dr. Cheung will walk you through every step of the treatment process to ensure you understand the plan and how you will forever benefit from the procedure.