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Surgical Orthodontics

Orthodontics in Conjunction With Oral Surgery

Surgery in orthodontics is only used in severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Orthognathic surgery requires a multi-disciplinary approach between your orthodontist and a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Their combined, collaborative efforts will be used in correcting complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you need surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work closely with your surgeon to ensure you receive the best care possible and an optimal result.

The main concern being addressed with surgical orthodontics is how to achieve proper jaw alignment in a person whose upper and lower jaws do not match together in a healthy way, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help to move and align the jaws, along with orthodontic braces to move the teeth into their proper positions.

What causes the need for surgery?

Sometimes the root cause is genetic.  During the growth process, the upper and lower jaws grew out of proportion to each other, and that can keep upper and lower teeth from meeting as they should, making it hard to bite, chew or speak. Other causes can be linked to injuries, tongue thrust issues, birth defects, and other factors.

Which comes first – surgery or orthodontic treatment?

Braces are applied first to achieve the space and alignment needed for the oral surgeon to achieve his results surgically. The purpose of braces is to align teeth so that they fit correctly before and after surgery is performed. Orthodontic treatment will then continue for a short period following surgery to bring teeth into their final, optimal positions for good function.

What are the benefits of having orthognathic surgery?

The most important reward is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.

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