Orthogenetic surgery is surgery to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, growth, malocclusion problems owing to skeletal disharmonies, and other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with dental braces. It is also used in treatment of congenital conditions like cleft palate. Bones can be cut and re-aligned, then held in place with either screws or plates and screws. Orthogenetic surgery can also be referred to as corrective jaw surgery.
Orthogenetic surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, ENT in collaboration with an orthodontist. It often includes dental braces before and after surgery and retainers after the final removal of braces. Orthogenetic surgery is often needed after reconstruction of cleft palate or other major craniofacial anomalies.