One type of orthodontic treatment is surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery. Surgical orthodontics is used to correct severe abnormalities of the facial bones, such as the jaws positioned incorrectly, bad bites and malocclusion. Surgical orthodontics is recommended for patients whose case cannot be corrected by orthodontic treatment alone. With orthognathic surgery, the goal is to properly align the jaws. After surgery, the next step will be to place braces to help move teeth into their proper position.
Who is a Candidate for Surgical Orthodontics?
We will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for late teen and adult patients (whose jaw is finished growing) with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Some issues resulting from jaw problems include speech problems, difficulty chewing, protruding jaws, breathing problems and chronic jaw pain. All facial/jaw growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be safely and effectively performed.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
We will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to perform your corrective jaw surgery. Usually performed in a hospital, the surgery moves your teeth and jaws into the proper position. This process can take several hours. Because this surgery is considered major treatment, you will have a two-week recovery period. To allow for complete healing, we recommend that you schedule time away from school or work. Once your jaw has healed, Dr. Thomas will make sure you have a proper bite. You will continue to wear braces after surgery for 6 to 12 months, and then will wear a retainer to stabilize your teeth in their proper positions.
Are there any risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery has been performed for many years. As with any surgery, there may be a few risks associated with orthognathic surgery. Should you have any concerns about the surgery, please contact us. We are here to help you with any information and answer any questions.
What are the benefits of having corrective jaw surgery?
There are many benefits of having corrective jaw surgery, including:
- Correctly aligned jaws
- Correction of a bad bite
- Ability to chew and talk properly
- Enhanced appearance
- Boost in self-esteem and confidence
With orthognathic surgery, our goal is to align your jaws correctly and help you achieve a beautiful smile you can be proud of!