Airway Oral Surgery
How Jaw Alignment Affects Posture
Malocclusion is a common dental problem affecting millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by an incorrect alignment of the teeth, resulting in bite problems, irregular spacing, or crowding of the teeth. Misaligned teeth and jaws can lead to various complications, including difficulty in chewing, speech problems, and oral hygiene issues. It however can also cause postural problems.
When crooked anatomy alters the occlusal plane (the imaginary line connecting the tips of the upper and lower teeth), compensatory changes in the muscles of the upper back and neck can occur, resulting in forward head posture (FHP) and other postural deviations. By correcting malocclusion through double jaw surgery, the occlusal plane can be restored, which can help improve the alignment of the head, neck, and spine.
Double jaw surgery can help improve the proprioceptive input from the teeth, which refers to the ability to sense the position and movement of one's body parts. Malocclusion can disrupt this feedback, leading to alterations in the neuromuscular control of the head and neck muscles, contributing to FHP and other postural deviations. By correcting malocclusion through custom double jaw surgery, the proprioceptive input from the teeth can be restored, which can help improve the neuromuscular control of the head and neck muscles, leading to improved posture. By improving the alignment of the head, neck, and spine, double jaw surgery can help reduce postural deviations and associated musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Alfi Oral Surgery specializes in custom orthognathic surgery, a procedure that aims to correct severe malocclusion by repositioning the upper and lower jaw using 3D printed titanium plates. The surgery involves cutting the bones of the jaw and repositioning them with the aid of custom cutting guides and plates in a way that improves the alignment of the teeth and jaw with more accuracy and better outcomes than traditional orthognathic surgery, which can have a better impact on posture.