Surgical orthodontics or orthognathic surgery is a treatment that is reserved for cases that require a moderate to severe level of correction of complex conditions such as bad bines, jawbone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is another one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. If you require orthognathic surgery, your doctor will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to coordinate the best treatment for you.
WHEN MIGHT SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS BE NEEDED?
Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. To receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and orthodontic braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper position.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
Your orthodontist will determine if orthognathic surgery is necessary to achieve your desired results.
HOW DOES ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY WORK?
Your orthognathic surgery is an in-patient procedure that is performed at a hospital. Typically, jaw surgery takes several hours to complete the correct level of correction. Orthognathic is a major treatment, in the best interest of your healing process, we recommend taking some time off work and school while your jaw heals. Once the healing process is completed, you will go back to your orthodontist for the final touches to your smile using braces. This part of the treatment is normally completed within 12 months following surgery.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
Orthognathic surgery is a major surgical procedure and that means that there are risks associated with the procedure. However, rest assured that you are in the best hands for this procedure. Your surgeon will be very experienced and this procedure has been implemented over and over again in hospitals around the world. Your comfort is a priority for us, if you have any additional questions about this procedure, let us know and we will address your concerns.
WHAT ARE THE REWARDS OF HAVING ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
If your jaw is done growing, orthognathic surgery may be the only way to achieve the correct jaw alignment or the correct bite. This procedure will make it possible to experience the smile of your dreams.