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Can I see what I will look like if I have overbite jaw correction surgery?

Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Sep 21, 2011
Some oral surgeons have computerized imaging systems that generate a photograph of what a patient will look like after corrective jaw surgery.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Sep 21, 2011
There are some digital imaging programs that will allow you to do this. However they are not always 100% accurate. Overbite jaw correction surgery can result in some dramatic cosmetic changes and my recommendation would be to ask your oral surgeon to see before/after photos of cases similar to yours to get an idea of what changes occur. The biggest difference is typically in your profile. Best of luck with your surgery if you elect to proceed with it!
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Sep 21, 2011
Great question. Most surgeons and orthodontists will do a model mockup of the results as part of the planning process. Photographic simulations may be helpful as well. Try to identify a surgeon who has performed as many cases as possible. Often prior patients are willing to provide advice to new potential patients. I hope this helps. Best of luck.
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 21, 2011
Yes, there are software systems available that will do some imaging for jaw surgery cases. It is an excellent way to get a preview of what the surgeon is trying to achieve. As advanced as technology is, you still need to be aware that results may differ from the image. The image is just a representation of what we think it may look like. Not all surgeons have the software, so talk to your surgeon for more details.
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 21, 2011
It's hard to say. Some imaging systems may be able to simulate it. I will say that an overbite correction will dramatically improve overall facial aesthetics.
Brian Gray (Washington, DC) on Sep 21, 2011
There are some dental software programs that will show you a digitally enhanced "expected result". They can be very accurate.