Orthodontic surgery is a type of treatment to correct abnormalities of the jaw, malocclusion problems or orthodontic problems that cannot be treated with braces alone. Typically during this type of surgery modifications are made to realign or correct a dentofacial deformity. Orthodontic surgery is known more commonly as orthognathic surgery.
When does someone require orthognathic surgery?
Surgery can be used to fix a variety of ailments, but cannot be done until the jaw has stopped growing. On average growth of the jaw stops by age 16 for females and 18 for males. If using braces/retainers/head-gear cannot fix the alignment of your jaw/teeth then surgery is required. After orthodontic surgery is completed, braces can be implemented to finish aligning your teeth.
How do I know orthognathic surgery is needed?
A visit to the orthodontist will help inform you of what type of treatment you require. Depending on how severe your case you may or may not need this type of procedure.
How does it work?
Your surgery will be completed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital. Depending on the severity your procedure could take several hours. After the surgery you have a two-week rest period. Since this procedure is a major treatment you may require some time off work/school to recover during the process of healing. Once your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will make adjustments to provide you with an optimal bite. This will be done using braces for a period of six to twelve months. After having braces you will use a retainer to maintain your new smile.
What kind of risks are associated with orthognathic surgery?
Just like any other surgery there risks associated with orthognathic surgery. This type of surgery isn’t very risky though as it is common and hospitals/practices have lots of experience performing it. If you have any questions or concerns contact us or ask your orthodontist for additional information. Putting your mind at ease is very important to us.
What benefits can I get from orthognathic surgery?
For most patients, the biggest reward is achieving a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts forever! If you need to correct jaw alignment or a bad bite, orthognathic surgery can help you feel more comfortable and confident with your smile.