Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities.
Orthognathic surgery corrects skeletal problems and,in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
When Might Surgical Orthodontics Be Needed?
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 malocclusions. We work with a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that if you need surgical orthodontics you receive the best care possible.
Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 14-16 in females and 16-18 in males. In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must have stopped 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.
We will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work with orthodontic treatment?
During you initial orthodontic assessment, we will advise if orthognathic surgery should be considered. We will refer you to a highly qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to discuss this aspect of your treatment and he will advise you of what surgery is advised and talk to you about the process. You will then start your orthodontic treatment and after about 9-12 months, we will refer you back to the surgeon for the surgical phase. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, we will then continue the orthodontic treatment, usually a process that lasts an additional 6-12 months.
What Are the Risks Associated with Orthognathic Surgery?
As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery however is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you're concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us.
What Are the Rewards of Having Orthognathic Surgery?
For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.