Orthognathic surgery (say that three times fast) is the technical term for jaw surgery and surgical orthodontics is the practice of combining the corrective procedure with orthodontic treatment to achieve lasting, dramatic results in adult patients with severe bite problems. The main goal of surgical orthodontics is to correct functional issues but is has the added benefit of resulting in a beautiful smile for a major boost in confidence.
When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?
Sometimes the upper and lower jaw grow at different times causing a discrepancy in size and function. This can create difficulties with chewing, talking, sleeping, breathing and other daily activities and have a huge impact on a person’s life. Corrective jaw surgery fixes abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws. When used in conjunction with an orthodontic treatment like braces or Invisalign, it can result in perfectly straight teeth and an aligned bite.
Am I a Candidate for Surgical Orthodontics?
Your orthodontist will let you know if you should consider othognathic surgery as part of your treatment plan. This will depend on the severity of your dental issues and how your jaws are aligned. Jaw surgery isn’t necessary if your problem can be treated with orthodontics alone. Since there have been so many advances in the field, this is sometimes the case. We’ll go over your options at your consultation.
Revolutionizing Orthognathic Surgery
Not only are we one of the only practices in the area offering surgical orthodontics, we also use state-of-the-art technology and materials:
- We rely on the latest in digital imaging to demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of jaw surgery.
- We’ve decreased treatment time and the recovery period while increasing the efficiency of surgery with computerized treatment planning.
- By using materials like titanium plates and miniature screws we provide stability, strength and predictability for the best possible outcomes.