What is Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and others. Oral surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull.
When Might Surgical Orthodontics be Needed?
Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. It is used for those that cannot be properly treated with braces and appliances alone. 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.
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How do I know if I need Orthognathic surgery?
Your orthodontist can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. Specialists in orthodontics are there to provide whatever is best for your situation.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
An oral surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. After surgery, you will continue to wear braces, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
What are the risks associated with orthodontic surgery?
As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many decades in practices and hospitals. Contact us to find out what is involved. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
What are the rewards of having orthodontic surgery?
For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.