Surgical orthodontics corrects jaw irregularities to improve a patient´s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Problems that can be corrected with surgery include a small lower jaw and chin, facial asymmetry, a severe overbite, and a severe cross bite. These issues can occur as a result of birth conditions, injuries, or unequal growth in the jaw.
Jaw surgery is performed in tandem with orthodontics to ensure the teeth and bite function well and improve a patient's facial appearance.
Is surgery right for you?
Surgery may be right for you if you have space between your upper and lower teeth when you close your mouth, a receding chin, a severe overbite, a protruding lower jaw, difficulty chewing, or breathing problems when sleeping. We will help you determine if surgery is an appropriate choice for your condition.
The process of surgery
Orthodontic surgery is a multi-stage process that involves the orthodontist and the oral surgeon.
- Prior to surgical orthodontics, your teeth are moved into the desired, post-surgical position using braces.
- The surgery itself is performed by a Maxillofacial Surgeon. We can refer you to a specialist in this field. The surgery involves cutting and repositioning the jaw bone and can last from one to four hours. Incisions are made inside the mouth and are not visible on the neck, cheek, or jaw. Recovery time is about six weeks. During this time, you must only eat soft foods, such as soup, mashed potatoes, applesauce, and yogurt.
- After surgery, the orthodontist will fine-tune the position of your teeth to achieve the best results regarding function and appearance.
The benefits of surgery
Surgical orthodontics results in a proper bite and aligned teeth, which can help you maintain excellent dental health. The benefits typically include an improved appearance, less discomfort, and clearer speech.
Contact us today to find out more about surgical orthodontics.