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Jaw Surgery without Braces? I am 23 years of age and I have fairly good teeth.

The only problem that bothers me (I have two crooked bottom teeth that does not trouble me) is my extreme overbite.

I was about 16 when my dentist told me about the corrective Jaw Surgery and how my lower jaw recedes too much just for braces.

My question is since my overbite goes beyond braces can I just get the jaw surgery without braces? My concern is only my receding jaw and not my crooked teeth. My results do not have to be perfect either, just "good enough." ... Visitor from CA

Your concern is about the position of your lower jaw and you are willing to accept less than optimal results.

You cannot have jaw surgery without braces. They work together most of the time as jaw surgery can correct jaw position and braces correct the position of the teeth within the jaw.

Sometimes the reason that your jaw recedes is because of the overbite. Once the overbite is corrected with braces, the jaw can actually move forward without surgery. Specialized braces can help you with this. If the size of your lower jaw (measured by x-ray) is normal, the braces option could work.

Another option is a bite lift with bonded porcelain.

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