Surgical orthodontics is a type of treatment that is completed in conjunction with an oral surgeon. This treatment is used for patients with severe malocclusions or bite patterns. This is typically a result of the positioning of the teeth, jaws, or facial pattern.
How will I know if I am a candidate for surgical orthodontics?
Your orthodontist will review your records and explain orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) as a treatment option. Depending on the severity of your bite you may be given multiple treatment options. Patients typically do not undergo surgical treatment until they are completed with growth (late teens).
What are the risks associated with surgery?
As with any medical procedure, orthognathic surgery comes with associated risks. This surgery has been performed for many years and is completed on a relatively regular basis. Your orthodontist and oral surgeon will complete a thorough medical history review prior to your procedure. We will answer any questions you may have.
What are the benefits of surgery?
Orthognathic surgery provides a significant impact on your ability to chew, function, and facial balance. Patients who undergo orthognathic surgery typically achieve a stable and healthy smile that makes them confident and proud!