American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Orthognathic Surgery

Jaw Straightening

Orthognathic surgery, or jaw straightening surgery, uses a spectrum of surgical procedures for the jaw and chin to improve both form and function.

How much does jaw surgery cost?

Orthognathic surgery is often covered by insurance if a functional problem can be documented, assuming there are no exclusions for jaw surgery on your insurance plan.

A surgeon's cost for jaw surgery may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans to help cover costs, so be sure to ask.

Orthognathic surgery costs may include:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for orthognathic surgery, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Is orthognathic surgery covered by health insurance?

Many health insurances have exclusions for coverage of orthognathic surgery. When jaw surgery is performed to treat a functional problem such as severe bite discrepancy or obstructive sleep apnea, it may be covered by insurance. Carefully review your policy.


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