Jaw Surgery

Georgetown Orthodontics

Maya Oliver, DDS

Orthodontist located in Washington, DC

Jaw surgery is often the last resort if you have a deformity or injury that just can’t be corrected with conservative measures. At Georgetown Orthodontics, you can meet with expert orthodontist Maya V. Oliver, DDS, who partners with some of the top-ranked oral surgeons in the greater Washington, DC. Dr. Oliver provides comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care, so you can achieve a healthy bite and smile. You can schedule your jaw surgery evaluation by requesting an appointment online or by calling the office directly.

Jaw Surgery Q & A

Why do I need jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery is often the last resort to correct a congenital defect or trauma injury if dental appliances aren’t going to be helpful. You may need jaw surgery if you have any of the following issues:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD)
  • Inability to keep your lips together
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance
  • Receding jaw line
  • Protruding jaw
  • Sleep apnea
  • Broken jaw
  • Open bite
  • Underbite


Your jaw surgery procedure is entirely personalized to your specific condition. Your oral surgeon can often correct more than one issue at a time, so you only have one recovery period.

What are the benefits of jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery can help improve and resolve many issues that affect you on a daily basis. At Georgetown Orthodontics, Dr. Oliver partners with several Washington, DC-area oral surgeons and helps you prepare for jaw surgery, in addition to caring for you throughout every step of your recovery.

Once you’ve recovered from your jaw surgery, you may experience any of the following benefits (to name a few):

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced or eliminated jaw pain
  • Improved biting, swallowing, or chewing
  • Enhanced, more symmetrical appearance

Because jaw surgery is a step toward correcting your bite, if you had any speech difficulties, your procedure can resolve those issues, too. Plus, modern jaw surgeries are minimally invasive, so you can expect little-to-no facial scarring afterward.  

How long is the recovery after jaw surgery?

It’s common for jaw surgeries to be performed in a hospital or surgical center setting while you’re under general anesthesia. Usually, jaw surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. Initial recovery can take anywhere from one to two weeks. After that point, you can often return to work or school.

Dr. Oliver finds that it usually takes at least four to eight weeks to have a full recovery after jaw surgery. She can perform any essential postoperative care or treatments you may need to ensure your orthodontic treatment plan progresses accordingly.

Schedule your jaw surgery consultation at Georgetown Orthodontics today. Request an appointment online, or call the office directly to book.