Surgical Orthodontics

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is used to correct severe cases of orthodontic problems in adults who have jawbone abnormalities, bad bites, or malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth). These surgeries are usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who is an expert in treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the face, jaw, mouth, and skull.

Who can benefit from surgical orthodontic care?

Adults with improper bites can use surgical orthodontics, as a proper bite cannot be achieved only through orthodontic care. To undergo this process, a person’s jaw must be done growing. (Jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and age 18 in males.) After surgery, braces can then be used to properly position teeth.

How does the surgery work?

The surgery will be performed by an oral and maxillofacial specialist in the hospital, and can take several hours depending on the complexity of each case. The jaw will need several weeks to heal, and it’s recommended that you rest during this time. Then, your orthodontist will discuss the best types of orthodonic braces treatment for you. You’ll wear your braces for up to a year and a retainer afterwards to maintain your smile.

Are there risks with this surgery?

Although any medical or surgical procedure carries risks, this kind of surgery is well established and has been performed for years. If you need to have surgical orthodontic care, your orthodontist will be happy to recommend an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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