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I got braces both as a child and adult. As an adult I wore braces for 2.5 years. Once I got them off I asked him if there is anything more he can do to perfectly correct my overjet bite. He said that because I was an adult braces could only do so much. He also said if I wanted to have a better bite, then I would need to have oral surgery. I was wondering, if the surgery involved wiring the jaw close even if it only involves the upper jaw? Secondly, how long would recovery time be and what kind of soft foods should be eaten since hard foods would not be allowed?

In our practice jaws are never wired closed. We fixate fragmented jaws with screws and plates very precisely, so that you do not need to be wired shut. But we are sure that some surgeons still do it. Operating only upper jaw is a good solution to correct the bite, but it may end up with impairment of facial aesthetics especially in cases of open bite. Please read about recovery time and postoperative diet in one of our sections.
 
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