When the jaw position relapses, the palate can narrow and the jaws can recede, resulting in a
less defined facial structure and a “weak profile.” This can affect overall appearance. The
narrowing of the palate may cause a reduced width of the smile. Additionally, the airway can
become narrower, obstructing proper airflow during breathing. As a result, breathing difficulties,
including snoring, frequent awakenings, and daytime fatigue, can occur, especially during
sleep. Over time, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can develop.
This patient’s journey began with a double jaw surgery, performed 30 years prior, which did not include a counter clockwise rotation. Over time, he experienced a relapse of both jaws, leading to narrowing of the palate and receding jaws, resulting in a “weak profile.” The narrowing of the palate affected the width of his smile. Additionally, his airway became narrower, causing sleep and breathing issues.