Orthognathic surgery is generally used when braces alone can’t achieve a perfect bite. The most common scenarios are the lower jaw being too far forward or back, or the upper jaw being too large or too small in relation to the lower jaw. Most often the treatment is combined with braces. Depending on the correction required, surgery may involve one or both jaws, and involves cutting the bone and repositioning it with the aid of titanium mini-plates and screws. In the majority of cases the surgery can be performed through the mouth (intra-orally) and won’t leave any scars on the face.

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Faceworx is one of Western Australia’s leading Oral and Maxillofacial practices. Our head doctor Franc Henze provides a personalised treatment using state of the art equipment that results in reduced pain and faster recovery times.

“I believe that patient wellbeing and post-operative recovery can significantly be improved by meticulous surgical technique and paying attention to detail.”


Usually this type of surgery will require the jaw to be held shut (intermaxillary fixation) using heavy elastics for a number of days. A few days in hospital after surgery is typically needed, until the patient is able to tolerate a liquid diet and the pain and discomfort is under control.

For several weeks following surgery a soft diet is required, with no chewing until Dr Henze confirms the bone is healing correctly and is able to take the strain.

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