Surgical orthodontics is also known as orthognathic surgery, and it’s a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases including bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion.
When Might Surgical Orthodontics Be Necessary?
The need for this type of surgery occurs when jaws don’t line up correctly, and a proper bite can’t be achieved with only orthodontic treatment. Since the jaw needs to be completely developed before receiving orthognathic surgery, this is used to treat adults with improper bites or other concerns. Usually, jaw growth stops by 16 in females and 18 in males. Once the jaw is aligned properly through surgical orthodontics, orthodontic braces will be used to guide the teeth to their correct position.
How Do I Know if I Need Orthognathic Surgery?
Your orthodontist will let you know if you need it as part of your treatment as it depends on the severity of your case and your jaw’s alignment.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
The surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at a hospital, and it can take several hours depending on your specific case. Once it’s done, you’ll need about two weeks to rest. Orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, so you’ll need to take some time from work and school in order to heal. Once your jaw is healed, your orthodontist will “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you’ll need to wear braces that are usually removed within six to 12 months. Once your braces are removed, you’ll need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile.
What Are the Risks Associated With Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is a major medical procedure, so there are some risks involved. However, the process is not new and has been performed for many years. If you have any concerns, do let our practice know! We’ll be happy to give you any information you may need.
What Are the Rewards of Having Orthognathic Surgery?
For many patients, the most important reward is a beautiful smile that restores their confidence. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can give you a great smile that lasts a lifetime!