What is it?
Surgical Orthodontics, sometimes called Orthognathic Surgery, is used to correct the misalignment of jaws and teeth that cannot be achieved with orthodontics alone. Aside from physical appearance, surgery can also have a positive impact on a person’s ability to chew, speak and breathe. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties so surgeons working in this area are experts in treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull.
In most cases, orthodontic treatment can be carried out without the need for surgery but in some more severe cases, there are surgical options that can offer dramatic results. If you suffer from malocclusion or have jaw bone or bite abnormalities then there are a number of surgical solutions.
Do I Need Jaw Surgery?
Dr. Bret will review your diagnostic information and determine if jaw surgery is an option for you. In general, surgical orthodontic treatment is considered for use in non-growing adults with a jaw discrepancy or who have facial esthetic concerns. In addition, patients with cleft lip, and or palate, and those with certain facial anomalies may also be candidates for orthognathic surgery. Corrective jaw surgery can be intimidating, which is why Dr. Bret carefully develops a detailed treatment plan and then reviews it with you prior to beginning treatment; we want to make sure your plan is thorough and complete before we begin treatment. Surgical orthodontics is only performed on adults over the age of 18, and is usually a last resort and only performed in the most severe cases.
What Are the Rewards of Orthognathic Surgery?
Making the decision to undergo surgery is a major one, however, the benefits far outweigh the risks for many people. The results of orthognathic surgery can be dramatic, not only helping you to achieve a beautiful new smile that will last a lifetime but also boosting your confidence and improving your appearance in general.
Common Reasons for Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery
Maxillary Vertical Excess