Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is essential for treating severe orthodontic issues like bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. In cases requiring surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist collaborates with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide comprehensive care.

When is Surgical Orthodontics Needed?

This treatment is typically recommended for adults with significant bite issues or aesthetic facial concerns. Since it requires completed jaw growth, the procedure is usually considered after ages 16 for females and 18 for males. Surgical orthodontics is necessary when jaw misalignments can’t be corrected with braces alone. The surgery realigns the jaw, followed by braces to position the teeth properly.

Determining the Need for Surgery

Your orthodontist will assess whether orthognathic surgery is part of your treatment plan based on the severity of your jaw alignment and bite issues.

The Orthognathic Surgery Process

Performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting, the surgery duration varies per case. Post-surgery, a recovery period of around two weeks is typical. It’s advisable to take time off from work or school for healing. Following jaw recovery, your orthodontist will fine-tune your bite. Braces are typically worn for 6-12 months post-surgery, succeeded by a retainer to maintain the new alignment.

Risks and Concerns

Like any major surgery, orthognathic surgery carries certain risks. However, it’s a well-established procedure in medical practices and hospitals. For any concerns, our practice is ready to provide detailed information and reassurance.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

The most significant benefit for patients is achieving a lasting, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing smile. This surgery can profoundly improve not only dental health and function but also boost self-confidence and overall quality of life.

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