Surgical orthodontics, also referred to as orthognathic surgery, refers to a form of orthodontic treatment used in treating severe conditions like malocclusion, jaw bone abnormalities, and bad bites. Maxillofacial and oral surgery is a dental specialty that deals with the treatment of complex craniofacial cases involving the face, jaw, skull, and mouth. If you require surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will consult with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide you with the best treatment.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Surgical orthodontics may be a great solution for the treatment of bad bites and other aesthetic issues in adults. Typically, the jaw stops growing by age 18 in males and 16 in females. The jaw must have finished growing before one can undergo orthognathic surgery. Surgical orthodontics is required when the jaws are not correctly aligned, and achieving proper bite using orthodontic treatment alone cannot work. Orthognathic surgery will help to align the jaw correctly, and the teeth will then moved to their correct position using orthodontic braces.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
Your orthodontist is in the best position to let you know if orthognathic surgery should be part of your treatment. Depending on the alignment of your jaw and how severe your case is, you may (or may not) require surgery
How does orthognathic surgery work?
Your orthognathic surgery will be carried out in a hospital by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The surgery can take several hours depending on the individual situation. You will be giving two weeks to rest after the completion of the surgery. Because of the nature of orthognathic surgery, it is recommended that you take some time away from school or work while the healing takes place. Your orthodontist will adjust your bite once your jaw has completely healed. After surgery, you will be asked to wear braces for a period of six to twelve months. To help maintain your smile after your braces are taken off, you will need to wear a retainer.
What risks are involved in orthognathic surgery?
Just as with most medical surgery, undergoing orthognathic surgery may come with certain risks. However, this surgical procedure is not new and has been carried out many times in hospitals and practices over the years. If you have any concerns about an upcoming orthognathic surgery, please get in touch with our practice and inform us. We will gladly address your questions and provide you with all the information you need.
What do patients stand to gain from orthognathic surgery?
Having a healthy and beautiful smile after undergoing orthognathic surgery is enough for most people. Whether you are trying to correct a jaw abnormality, malocclusion, or bad bite, orthognathic surgery can help you achieve a better smile.