Surgical orthodontics

Some patients with jaw irregularities can truly benefit from surgical orthodontics. Jaw surgery can help them gain better control of their ability to chew, speak and breathe.

Combining surgical treatment and orthodontics can help restore the position of a patient's teeth and bite, and even improve their overall facial appearance.

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Should I have jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery can correct the following problems for patients:

  • Facial asymmetry
  • A severe overbite
  • A severe crossbite
  • A receding chin
  • A protruding lower jaw
  • Chewing problems
  • Breathing difficulty during sleep
 Should I have jaw surgery?

Most of these issues usually stem from birth conditions, injuries, accidents or unequal growth in the jaw. Adults with severe jaw discrepancies may benefit from surgery since they will not experience any further facial growth.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms in the list above, it’s possible that jaw surgery could be the answer for you. We assess your smile carefully before recommending orthodontic surgery, and only recommend it if we think it is the best solution for your smile.

The jaw surgery process

Orthodontic surgery is a multi-stage procedure involving a Specialist Orthodontist and an oral surgeon. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect if you’re a candidate for this treatment:

Step 1: Before surgery, braces will be fitted for adjusting the teeth and moving them into the desired positions. If the teeth seem like they are out of alignment, don’t worry! We are working to move your teeth so they will be beautifully aligned AFTER your jaw surgery.

Step 2: We’ll refer you to a reputable Maxillofacial Surgeon, who will be in charge of the surgery itself.

 The jaw surgery process

What's jaw surgery like? The procedure involves cutting and repositioning the jaw bone, which can take up to four hours. There will be no visible incisions on the neck, cheek, or jaw because everything is done intra-orally. Expect a recovery period of about six weeks.

Tip: Don’t forget to eat only soft foods during the recovery period.

Step 3: Following the surgery, the Specialist Orthodontist will adjust your teeth to ensure proper function and put the finishing touches to your smile!

Benefits of surgical orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics help patients achieve a proper bite and well-aligned teeth, which can have a positive impact on dental health. It should also aid in improving physical appearance, reducing discomfort and improving speech.

The team at Angle House Orthodontics can provide you with more information about surgical orthodontics. Just reach out to us and book a consultation for free!

 Benefits of surgical orthodontics

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