Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is a type of dental surgery used to treat patients with severe bite problems, malocclusion, and skeletal abnormalities of the jaw. For complex cases involving the teeth, face, jaw, and skull, your orthodontist will need to collaborate with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Oral and maxillofacial surgery, a specialization of medicine and dentistry, concentrates in treating craniofacial cases.
When will you need to undergo Surgical Orthodontics?
Malocclusion happens when the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth cause an individual to have a bad bite. Studies show that jaw growth stops by 18 years old in males and 16 years old in females. For an orthodontic surgery to be considered, the jaw growth must have stopped already. The need for a surgical intervention arises when the jaws are misaligned and the desired results have not been achieved by simple non-surgical treatments alone. Once an orthodontic surgery has been done, orthodontic braces might be also advised to ensure proper alignment of the teeth.
How will I know if there is a need for Orthodontic Surgery?
Depending on the severity of your condition, there may or may not be a need for surgery. Your orthodontist will do a thorough assessment and will tell you if an orthodontic surgery is needed.
How does an Orthodontic Surgery work?
With the referral from your orthodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will conduct the surgery. The surgery, typically done in a hospital, may take several hours depending on your case. Since an orthodontic surgery is a major treatment, a two-week rest period is advised after the surgery. A medical leave from your work or school to help with your healing process is recommended. Once your jaw has completely healed, the continuation of treatment through orthodontic braces will be done. The braces may be removed after six to twelve month. Once removed, you will be advised to wear a retainer to maintain teeth alignment.
What are the possible risks with Orthodontic Surgery?
Just like any other surgery, there are also risks with Orthodontic Surgery. Sometimes, risks arise depending on the condition of the patient. For better understanding and to know more about your orthodontic surgery, please feel free to contact or set an appointment with us. Your comfort and safety are our priority and we are happy to answer any question or concern that you may have.
What are the benefits of Orthodontic Surgery?
For many, having a straight and healthy smile is the ultimate reward of undergoing an orthodontic surgery. It is the kind of treatment that can help bring back your confidence and give you a beautiful smile that lasts forever.