Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe jaw irregularities to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe. It also improves facial appearance. If you need surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites as well as those concerned with facial aesthetics. Jaw growth is usually finished by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However, the pre-surgical tooth movements orthodontics can begin one to two years prior to these ages.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about four to eight weeks), your orthodontist "fine-tunes" your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.