LeFort 1 Osteotomy
LeFort 1 Osteotomy is a type of surgery that involves moving the upper jaw (maxilla) to a desired position and/or direction. After the upper jaw is removed from the skull, it is secured in position with titanium plates and screws.
The upper jaw can be moved forward, backwards, downwards, upwards or titled in an angle to correct a variety of conditions such as:
- Gummy smile
- Long face syndrome
- Short face syndrome
- Open bite
- Off-centre jaw
I found some great videos on Youtube that shows you the various types of LeFort I osteotomy surgeries.
LeFort 1 Osteotomy for Gummy Smile
In the video above, the upper jaw has grown too much downwards and it was moved upwards to correct the gummy smile.
LeFort 1 Osteotomy for Long Face Syndrome and Overbite
In the video above, the upper jaw was moved backwards and tilted at an angle to correct the long face syndrome and/or overbite conditions.
LeFort 1 Osteotomy for Underbite
In the video above, the upper jaw was moved forward to move the upper teeth in front of the lower teeth in order to correct the underbite.
In the video above, the upper jaw was moved forward and the lower jaw was moved backwards to correct the underbite.
This jaw surgery method was very similar to the one that my oral and maxillofacial surgeon used on me, except that I do not have plates and screws on my lower jaw.