Common Bite Problems Corrective Jaw Surgery Can Correct 

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Anyone in Northern Virginia who has misalignment of the jaw knows the pain and discomfort it can cause.  

Thankfully, the oral surgeons at Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts can help restore your smile and give you a functional bite by properly aligning your jaws through corrective jaw surgery.  

Below, we will discuss 3 of the most common bite problems corrective jaw surgery can address. 


An overbite is a dental condition in which the vertical overlap of the upper teeth significantly extends over the lower teeth. If you have an overbite that cannot be addressed with orthodontics, our oral surgeons can perform corrective jaw surgery to fix your misaligned bite and provide you with renewed self-confidence and oral function. 

An underbite is a dental condition in which the vertical overlap of the lower teeth dramatically extends outward, beyond the upper front teeth.  

Not only does an underbite affect your smile aesthetically, but it also poses many functional problems for Northern Virginia patients, such as difficulty biting and chewing food, difficulty with speech, and pain in the mouth and face. Corrective jaw surgery can relieve this pain – both physically and emotionally.  

Open Bite 
An open bite is a dental condition in which excess bone grows above the molars. This causes the jawbone to become angled, rather than flat. Many people who suffer from an open bite have problems biting and chewing their food.  

Corrective jaw surger addresses this problem by shaving away and removing the excess bone in the back of the jaw. 

Types Of Corrective Jaw Surgery 

Corrective jaw surgery can be a life-changing procedure for men and women all over Northern Virginia. Many people experience an improvement in their quality of life after their procedure.  

Things others take for granted – like taking a huge bite out of their favorite food or having the ability to completely close their mouth – can bring so much joy to someone who has had corrective jaw surgery. 

There are several different types of corrective jaw surgery that can be performed to correct misalignment of the jaw: 

Lower Jaw Surgery 

Lower corrective jaw surgery can fix a receding or protruding lower jaw. During lower jaw surgery, the jaw is divided into sections and the front section is moved forward or backward, whichever is necessary based on the specific needs of the patient. 

Upper Jaw Surgery 

During an upper jaw surgery, an oral surgeon will divide the upper jaw into sections and move it forward, backward, up, or down, whichever is appropriate. The cuts are made above the teeth so that Dr. Gocke can effectively move the entire top jaw as one unit. 

Chin Surgery 

Chin surgery can provide aesthetic improvement for men and women in Northern Virginia who have a very small chin. For this surgery, an oral surgeon will make a cut into the chin bone from the front of the lower jaw and move it forward. 

Once the procedure is corrected, our oral surgeons use tiny dental plates and screws to secure the jaw into its new position. No more need for wires! This advanced approach gives patients the ability to talk and eat more normally during their healing process. 

Call Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts Today 

If you have suffered from the physical (and emotional) effects of a misaligned jaw your entire life, let Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts and our caring team help! Call our McLean office at (703) 263-8834, Reston office at (571) 595-3223, or Potomac office at (703) 723-5366 today to book your first appointment to discuss corrective jaw surgery.