Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a specialized form of orthodontic treatment aimed at correcting severe cases involving jaw bone abnormalities, malocclusion, and problematic bites. This type of treatment falls under the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, which focuses on complex craniofacial cases involving the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If surgical orthodontics is necessary, your orthodontist will collaborate with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide you with optimal care and achieve the desired results.
WHEN MIGHT SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS BE NEEDED?
Surgical orthodontics is often recommended for adult patients who have issues with improper bites or aesthetic concerns. It is essential for the jaw growth to be complete, typically by age 16 for females and 18 for males, before orthognathic surgery can be performed. When the jaws do not align correctly and orthodontic treatment alone cannot achieve a proper bite, surgical orthodontics becomes necessary. The procedure involves aligning the jaw correctly, followed by the use of orthodontic braces to reposition the teeth into their proper alignment. This comprehensive approach ensures both functional and aesthetic improvements for the patient.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
The determination of whether orthognathic surgery is required as part of your orthodontic treatment will be made by your orthodontist. They will assess the severity of your case and evaluate the alignment of your jaw to determine if surgery is necessary. The decision may vary depending on individual circumstances, and some cases may not require surgical intervention. Your orthodontist will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and will guide you through the process.
HOW DOES ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY WORK?
Orthognathic surgery is typically performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and the procedure is conducted in a hospital setting. The duration of the surgery can vary depending on the complexity of each individual case and may take several hours. Following the surgery, there is typically a two-week rest period to allow for proper healing. As orthognathic surgery is a significant treatment, it is advisable to plan for some time away from work or school during the recovery phase. Once the jaw has fully healed, your orthodontist will make further adjustments to fine-tune your bite. Braces will be worn after the surgery, and in most cases, they are removed within six to 12 months post-surgery.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
While orthognathic surgery is a significant procedure, it is important to note that it has been performed for many years in both orthodontic practices and hospitals. Like any major surgery, there are potential risks involved. However, the process and techniques of orthognathic surgery have been well-established and refined over time. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your upcoming treatment involving orthognathic surgery, we encourage you to reach out to our practice. Our team is dedicated to addressing your concerns, providing you with the necessary information, and ensuring your comfort throughout the process. Your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities.
WHAT ARE THE REWARDS OF HAVING ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
Orthognathic surgery offers numerous benefits for patients, and one of the most significant rewards is the ability to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you require orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can make a positive impact on both your appearance and self-confidence. By addressing underlying issues and aligning your jaw and teeth, this surgery can help restore your oral function, improve your facial symmetry, and enhance your overall aesthetics. The long-term benefits of orthognathic surgery extend beyond just the physical aspect, as it can greatly improve your quality of life and leave you smiling with confidence for years to come.