Getting orthodontic treatment might not be enough when suffering from a jaw bone deformity. In such cases, orthognathic surgery is the only solution. However, in the US and Canada, the sky-high cost can make it unaffordable. Worry not! Orthognathic surgery in Tijuana can be the answer to all your woes!

What are the benefits? Why should I even get it? Is it risky? Can I trust the dentists in Tijuana?

If you have all these questions, read ahead and we will give you all the answers.

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Skeletal deformities, i.e., jaw bone structure problems, can lead to a lot of physical and emotional distress. On top of that, the high cost disappoints you even more.

Luckily, corrective jaw surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, comes at a fraction of the cost.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Before moving on, it is essential to know what the term “Orthognathic” means. “Ortho” means “Bones,” and “Gnathic” means “related to the jaws.”

In simple terms, orthognathic surgery corrects severely misaligned or deformed jawbones.

It involves repositioning the upper, lower, or both jaws.

Orthognathic Surgery in Tijuana

Corrective Jaw Surgery

It helps correct facial deformities such as an overbite, open bite, underbite, weak chin, cleft palate (split in the roof of the mouth), and gummy smiles.

Is Orthognathic Surgery an Option for Me?

Facial deformities (asymmetry) and jaw irregularities may cause malocclusion (misalignment of teeth). [1]

The candidates for corrective jaw surgery have the following symptoms: [2]

  • Birth defects (Cleft lip/palate)
  • Receding or protruding chin/jaw
  • Gummy smile
  • Facial injury
  • Trouble chewing & swallowing
  • TMJ disorders
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Chronic mouth breathing

Compromised dental & facial appearance can lead to inability to chew food, jaw muscle and joint problems, speech difficulties, and bad oral hygiene.

This ultimately lessens the quality of life and lowers your self-esteem.

But how do you know if the problems arise from your mal-aligned teeth or the jaw? Your orthodontist takes that call after a thorough examination.

He will assess your history, x-rays, and present records.

In case of severe skeletal problems, he will refer you to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for the surgery.

Why Choose Corrective Jaw Surgery in Tijuana?

You can overcome the above-listed problems at a fraction of US prices with Orthognathic Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Tijuana:

Skilled Doctors | Internationally Trained & Experienced

Our OMF surgeons are certified and have extensive experience with dentofacial problems. They also speak fluent English.

Affordable Cost | 65-70% Savings

Compared to the United States, the lower cost of living in Mexico results in considerable savings. [3]

Dedicated Patient Coordinator | Assistance at Every Step

Our case manager will fully coordinate your arrival, accommodation, appointments, and transportation.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

Benefits of jaw surgery in Tijuana

A Perfect Holiday Destination | Relax & Unwind Post Treatment

The Mexican border city is famous for its multifaceted and vibrant culture.

Avenida Revolucion and Centro Cultural Tijuana are worth a visit.

You can also head towards the beautiful city of Rosarito for its lovely beaches.

Multiple Payment Options Accepted | Hassle-Free Payment

We accept cash or cashier’s check, credit cards, bank transfers, and PayPal.

Free Pick-up and Drop-off | Safe Transport

Ground transfers are complimentary (on select packages only). Moreover, our facility is 45 minutes from the San Diego airport (SAN).

Jaw Surgery Cost in Tijuana, Mexico

Deciding to undergo orthognathic surgery in Tijuana, Mexico saves you a minimum of 65% when comparing the cost of the procedure in the US and Canada.

To illustrate, single jaw surgery costs in Canada without insurance are between $18,000 and $36,000. In the US, jaw surgery ranges from $20,000 to $50,000. [4]

In our recommended clinic in Tijuana, the price is as low as $10,300.

Jaw Surgery Cost Comparison (USD) – Tijuana, Mexico vs. US vs. Canada
Orthognathic Surgery Tijuana US Canada
Single Jaw $10,300 $20,000 – $40,000 $18,000 – $36,000
Double Jaw $11,700 $53,000 $47,700
Triple Jaw $13,300 $56,000 $50,000
*prices may vary with the complexity of a case

Package Inclusions

Apart from FREE cleaning, our Jaw Correction Surgery Package* cost includes:

✅ Clinic fees
✅ Surgeon charges
✅ Anesthesia fees
✅ 1-night hotel stay post-op
✅ Destination manager for trip assistance

*Terms and conditions apply

Save upto 70% on jaw corrections

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Top Dental Clinics in Tijuana, Mexico

With over 150 dental clinics in Tijuana, the selection process can be stressful.

We’ve cut through the noise and boiled it down to Smile Builders dental clinic for the following reasons:

Tijuana Smile Builders
Smile Builders
4.8 (49 Reviews)
Av. Revolución 993, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Mon - Sat 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Advanced technology
  • Diversified dental team with different specialties
  • Use of leading implant brands
  • Flexible payment options
  • Multilingual staff
  • 5-25 years treatment warranty*
  • International standards of sterilization
  • Special deals with local hotels

Best Dentists in Tijuana, Mexico

In 2017, there were 1.37 dentists per 10,000 residents in Mexico. [5]

The number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is far less than that, given the long years of education required to achieve such status — a minimum of eight years.

Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic in Tijuana Reviews

Types of Corrective Jaw Surgery

Now that you have a basic idea of what the surgery is and who can be a candidate, let’s find out how many types there are:


Also called Maxillary Osteotomy – in relation to the maxilla (upper jaw).

You may need it if you suffer from one (or more) of the following symptoms: [6]

  • Severely protruded/receding upper jaw
  • Crossbite/overbite/open bite
  • Midfacial hypoplasia — where your upper jaw, cheekbones, and eye sockets are smaller than the rest of your facial features.

Also called Mandibular Osteotomy – in relation to the mandible (lower jaw).

It’s prescribed when you have a severely protruding or receding lower jaw. [7]


Also called Bimaxillary Osteotomy – it involves both jaws.

This procedure can correct jaw size and position, balance facial features, improve jaw function, treat sleep apnea, and relieve facial pain. [8]


Also called Genioplasty. When performed with double jaw surgery, it is known as Triple Jaw Surgery.

The procedure is performed on a receding chin to improve facial symmetry. [9]

It’s widely considered a cosmetic procedure.


Orthognathic Surgery Process

Orthognathic Surgery Process

Surgery-First Method

The surgery-first method reduces the exhaustive conventional orthognathic surgery.

The procedure duration can be significantly shortened [10]  from the regular 3 – 4 years. [11] Further advantages include: [12]

  • Rapidly addressing your facial deformities
  • No additional complications than the conventional method

Will Orthognathic Surgery Improve My Speech?

Yes, orthognathic surgery will improve your speech. [13]

Misaligned teeth and jaws impact speech quality (a lisp, for example) [14] since certain sounds require proper positioning of the teeth and jaws to be produced.

Corrective Jaw Surgery Success Rate

Source: Evaluation of Patients’ Satisfaction after Class III Orthognathic Surgery. J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Oct; 9(10)

When Can I Return to My Routine?

It’s advised to take 2 – 3 weeks of rest before going back to school or work. However, initial jaw healing starts six weeks post-surgery. [15]

The Procedure of Jaw Correction Surgery


Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon suggests sending the following for evaluation:

  • Anterior or posterior x-rays
  • Lateral x-rays
  • Panoramic x-rays

Jaw Surgery X-ray


  • Teeth are aligned using braces.
  • The time of treatment varies from 15 – 24 months. [16]
  • Cavities are removed (if any).
  • Complete physical examination is undertaken, and medical history is reviewed.

Braces


  • Orthognathic surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
  • Titanium screws are used to secure the jaw to its correct position.
  • Blood samples are taken to ensure everything is fine.

  • Braces are put on for 7 – 12 months. [17]
  • Retainers are used to stabilize the bite after braces removal.
  • Teeth alignment takes place with a new jaw position.

Our experts are just a click away if you need any help post-surgery. You can get in touch with them via email or phone.

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Post-Surgery Care

Your oral structure is sensitive post-surgery and requires special care. Here’s a list of things to do to ensure a smooth recovery: [18]

  • Antibiotics will be prescribed to manage pain.
  • It is normal to feel some discomfort for the first 2 weeks.
  • Swelling will diminish after 3 weeks
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep
Post-surgery Self-Care for Orthognathic surgery

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It takes about 6 – 8 weeks for the bones to heal fully.

Hence, regular follow-ups with your surgeon are recommended for reviewing your healing process.

Precaution after Orthognathic Surgery


Jaw correction surgery limits your diet as the ability to open the mouth becomes restricted.

Initially, you may have difficulty opening your mouth, and simple functions such as chewing and smiling may be hard.

A liquid and pureed diet are needed during this period.

Once you can chew and drink, you may progress to a soft diet (foods that are easy to digest and don’t require much chewing).

Our expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon suggests having liquids and staying hydrated during the recovery phase of the surgery.

Week 1-3 Week 4-6 Week 6 Onwards
Liquid Diet Non-Chew Diet Soft-Chew Diet
Fruit milkshakes Mashed banana Mashed potato in milk
Thin soups Pureed fruits, veggies Well-cooked veggies
Yogurt diluted with milk Porridge or cereals Cheese
Water Rice pudding Risotto
Broth Custard Soft fish in gravy

You may lose some weight because of your limited food intake.

Don’t forget to include essential nutrients for the proper functioning of the body.

Boost your protein intake and add a variety of the following to your diet:

Protein & Fats Carbohydrates Vitamins & Minerals
Chicken Whole Grains Fruits
Fish Pasta Veggies
Milk Whole wheat Bread Legumes
Cheese Potatoes Seeds (in a blender)
Yogurt Green peas Avocado
Soy Products (Tofu) Chickpeas Olives
Eggs Lentils Supplements

Orthognathic Surgery Risks

Jaw surgery is usually safe. [19] Yet, there may be unfortunate complications like any other medical procedure.

Your risk of complications increases if you undergo surgery for aesthetic reasons instead of functional ones. [20]

Your dentist will inform you about them, but here’s a list for your knowledge:

Complications of Orthognathic Surgery

Source: Complications associated with orthognathic surgery. J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg.2017 Feb; 43(1): 3–15.

To minimize these risks, it’s of paramount importance that you choose a reputable clinic and a highly qualified doctor, such as the ones we recommend.

How Can I Reach Tijuana, Mexico?

While Tijuana is about 20 minutes from the San Diego airport (SAN), our dental office is 45 minutes. You can get there by:

Flying

Tijuana is easily accessible via San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN).

Upon arrival at the airport, you can reach the San Ysidro Port of Entry from there.

  • San Ysidro Port of Entry is open 24*7.
  • Phone: (619) 690-8800

Driving

If you prefer driving into Mexico:

  • It is mandatory to obtain Mexican Insurance.
  • You can purchase it before crossing the border or online.

Travel Tips

  • If you’re a US/Canadian citizen, check if your phone plan has free data roaming in Mexico. If not, get a Telcel sim card from the airport.
  • To avoid scams, use Uber instead of taxis. Better yet, take the bus.
  • Decline invitations to house parties and ignore locals asking for your help.
  • Lastly, practice common sense.

Conclusion

Trusting your doctor and applying his recommendations will yield the best, quickest, and safest results for orthognathic surgery,

If you get it done in Tijuana, you benefit from massive savings, quality dental care, and a vacation to top it all off.

FAQs

Jaw surgery in Mexico costs between $10,300 and $13,300. It’s a bargain when compared to the US and Canadian prices.

The cost will depend on the type of surgery you’re getting: single, double, or triple jaw surgery.

Yes and no. Corrective jaw surgery is worth it for individuals with functional jaw issues, such as chewing food properly.

It is not recommended if you’re thinking about having the procedure done for aesthetic purposes.

Often, orthognathic surgery is a permanent fix, but it’s not a counter-strategy to aging. [21]

However, complications may arise.

Those need to be addressed immediately to minimize the damage & correct the procedure — likely with another surgery.

Be careful to apply your doctor’s instructions to the letter.

Orthognathic surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, costs around $10,300.

In comparison, the jaw surgery cost without insurance is between $20,000-$50,000 in the US and $18,000-$36,000 in Canada.

Bear in mind the final price is case-dependent; the more severe your situation, the higher the cost.

Yes, Tijuana dental clinic provides monthly payment options to orthognathic surgery patients.

Option 1: 1st payment $1790, 2nd payment $630, then monthly $165

Option 2: First 3 payments $807, then monthly $165

Regarding jaw surgery overseas, there are plenty of options.

A few factors make an impact when choosing your destination, the most important ones being: quality and affordability.

Based on those primary factors, the best countries for OMF surgery are Mexico, India, Turkey, Costa Rica, and Thailand.

Your dental insurance plan may partially cover the cost of your jaw surgery under the following condition:

“The procedure is deemed necessary to correct functional oral issues.”

In other words, your insurance will not cover the surgery if it’s done for aesthetic purposes because it’ll be considered a cosmetic procedure. [22]

Jaw surgery costs without insurance can be astronomical if you plan to get it in the US or Canada.

We can arrange sleep dentistry for those who fear dental procedures.

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