Surgical orthodontics, commonly called orthognathic surgery, is a kind of orthodontic treatment that is used to address severe cases of malocclusion, poor bites, and jaw bone abnormalities. One of the nine recognized dental specialties, oral and maxillofacial surgery focuses on treating difficult craniofacial problems, including the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you require surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will collaborate with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide the best possible treatment.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Adults with incorrect bites or other cosmetic issues may benefit from surgical orthodontics. Jaw development typically ceases in girls at the age of 16 and in males at the age of 18. The jaw must be finished developing before orthognathic surgery is performed. When the jaws do not line up properly and orthodontic treatment alone does not result in a good bite, surgical orthodontics is required. Orthognathic surgery will assist the jaw in proper alignment, and orthodontic braces will be utilized to shift the teeth into place.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
If orthognathic surgery is required as part of your therapy, an orthodontist can notify you. You may or may not require surgery, depending on the severity of your disease and the position of your jaw.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
Your orthognathic surgery will be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting. Depending on the condition, orthognathic surgery might take several hours. After the procedure, you will be required to rest for around two weeks. Because orthognathic surgery is a substantial procedure, we recommend taking some time off from work and school during the recovery period. Your orthodontist will “fine-tune” your bite when your jaw has recovered. You will need to wear braces after surgery, but most braces are removed within six to twelve months. After your braces are removed, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your new smile in place.
What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery carries the same dangers as any other significant medical procedure. Orthognathic surgery, on the other hand, is not a novel procedure; it has been used in offices and hospitals for many years. If you have any concerns regarding an impending orthognathic surgery procedure, please call our office and let us know. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give any extra information you require.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
The most essential benefit of orthognathic surgery for many patients is the achievement of a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. It can help rebuild your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come, whether you need orthodontic treatment to fix a faulty bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormalities.