Surgical orthodontics is also referred to as orthognathic surgery. It’s an orthodontic treatment that corrects severe cases like bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities and malocclusion amongst others. Oral and maxillofacial surgery lies under the nine recognized specialties of dental care and focuses on the treatment of complicated craniofacial cases involving the jaw, mouth, face and skull. If your case requires focus on surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make sure that you receive the best level of care and treatment.
When is the right time to go for Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics is often needed by adults to treat aesthetic problems like improper bites etc. The jaw stops growing at the age of 16 and 18 in females and males respectively. You can only go for orthodontic surgery after the jaw growth has stopped i.e. after the ages of 16 or 18. Essentially, a person needs to undergo orthodontic surgery when;
- The jaws do not line up correctly;
- A proper bite can’t be achieved through orthodontic treatment only.
Orthognathic surgery is used in such cases to properly align the jaws while orthodontic braces are prescribed to move the teeth onto the required position.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
Your orthodontist can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery.
How Do I know that I need Orthodontic Surgery?
Consult with an orthodontist and he/she will best decide whether or not orthognathic surgery is needed in your case. The need for surgery usually depends upon the alignment of your jaw and the severity of your case.
How does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you’re concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is performed by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital. The total procedure may last for several hours, depending upon the type and severity of the case. A two-week resting period follows the actual surgery.
Since it’s a major treatment, it is recommended that you take some time off from work or school to speed up the healing process. Once your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will fine-tune your bite and prescribe you braces. You will have to wear these braces for six to 12 weeks after surgery, after which you will be using a retainer to retain and maintain your new beautiful smile!