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Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, addresses severe cases involving bad bites, jaw bone irregularities, and malocclusion. It’s a specialized field in dentistry focusing on complex issues of the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. Your orthodontist collaborates with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for comprehensive care in these cases.

When Is Surgical Orthodontics Needed?

Adults with improper bites or aesthetic concerns might need surgical orthodontics, especially when jaw growth, which typically stops around age 16 for females and 18 for males, results in misaligned jaws. If orthodontic treatment alone can’t achieve a proper bite due to jaw positioning, orthognathic surgery is considered to align the jaws properly, followed by braces to position the teeth correctly.

Identifying the Need for Orthognathic Surgery

The necessity for orthognathic surgery is determined after evaluating diagnostic records. Depending on your jaw alignment and case severity, surgery may be required.

How Orthognathic Surgery Works

Orthodontic treatment starts before the surgery, focusing on aligning the arches for the procedure. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs the surgery, followed by a 1-2 week recovery period. Post-surgery, your orthodontist fine-tunes your bite. Braces are typically worn for 6-12 months after surgery, followed by a retainer to maintain your new smile.

Risks and Rewards

As with any major surgery, orthognathic surgery carries risks but is a well-established procedure. If you have concerns, our practice is open to addressing them. The primary benefit is a lasting, healthy smile, improving dental function and aesthetics without overstressing teeth and gums. It’s a transformative solution for those with significant orthodontic needs, boosting confidence and improving overall oral health.