Maxillary Hyperplasia in Children
When the upper jaw grows too much, it is most noticeable by the "gummy smile" it creates. This condition, called maxillary hyperplasia, doesn't just affect appearance, though. Specializing in growing bodies, our team is trained in restoring all of your child's facial functions.
Maxillary hyperplasia can make it difficult to close the lips and creates an underbite. Our pediatric specialists use the newest developments in surgical repair to correct the size of the maxilla (upper jaw). This improves both appearance and function of the face.
Your Child's Care Begins Here
Treatment for appearance, on its own, can be an important improvement for your child's life. But maxillary hyperplasia can also affect eating, breathing, speech and oral health. To provide you with the highest quality care, we focus on more than facial appearance.
A key difference between many maxillofacial surgery programs and our program is that our experts are pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeons. Often dentists lead programs, and are able to address the teeth. But with pediatric surgeons, we are able to address the full facial structure for more complete and long-lasting solutions for your child.
Treatments We Provide
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Surgery is done to remove excess bone and properly align the jaw. It is then held in place with small plates and screws. This can be done during and after growth.
Braces before or after surgery can complete the full recovery of teeth alignment. This is aimed at improving appearance and your child's ability to chew.