Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery


Orthognathic surgery is the preferred action when there is either a functional issue of the upper and lower jaws in which only surgery is the only sufficient remedy or in conjunction with orthodontics to correct misalignment in both the teeth and jaw. This is not only meant to improve your overall facial structure but will also ensure your teeth will meet correctly be in the best position to perform properly.

Some of the Symptoms that can indicate Orthognathic Surgery is needed include:

  • Trouble chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Issues Speaking
  • Recuring jaw pain
  • Over, under, or open bites
  • Difficulties breathing

These symptoms can present from the time of birth due to hereditary or environmental influences or can occur at any time throughout your lifetime due to trauma to the face. Before the starting the treatment, a general consultation including x-rays and complete oral examination. During which you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like in regards to your potential treatment and if you would like to proceed with it.


Dr. Herbst uses state-of-the-art 3D digital simulations to demonstrate how your procedure will go. Using detailed facial scans, we can show how much improvement you can expect to see in your bite, going as far as being able to demonstrate how your profile will look after surgery. This helps provide you with a better understanding of what to expect from the surgical process based on the proposed treatment.

Once you qualify for surgery, Dr. Herbst will personally coordinate with both your primary orthodontist and dentist for the duration of your treatment. The main purpose of the surgery will be to reposition either or both your teeth and jaws or both into a more functional and aesthetically pleasing position.


  • Corrective jaw surgery requires many months of planning.
  • The procedure is performed in a hospital and generally lasts several hours.
  • Hospital stays are last typically no longer than three days.
  • Braces are kept for the surgery and will possibly need to be removed anywhere from six to twelve months after the surgery.
  • The recovery stage is generally the toughest part of orthognathic surgery for the patient.
  • Patients typically need to take anywhere from two weeks to one month off work and/or school after surgery.
  • The ability to chew normally may take up to 2 months to return and may take one up to a year to regain full function.
  • Regularly scheduled appointments are necessary at least two months after surgery.

Speak with an Orthographic Surgeon

Nancy Herbst has 25 years of experience as an oral surgeon and was named one of NJ’s top oral surgeons in 2018. Her top priority is to ensure that patients are comfortable during the operation and satisfied with the results. Learn more by contacting our office today at (201) 601-9262.

Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Nancy Herbst, DDS

311 33rd StreetUnion City, NJ 07087

Phone: 201-601-9262

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