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.
While Wilson Orthodontics doesn’t specialize in orthognathic surgery, should you be referred to such treatment we will do our best to answer any of your questions.
Surgical orthodontics is also known as orthognathic surgery. If you require surgical intervention, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible. 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.
Am I a candidate for surgical orthodontics?
If your jaw does not line up properly or you have a misaligned bite then you may be referred for surgical orthodontics. Orthognathic surgery can have a dramatic effect on the aesthetics and function of the jaw by properly realigning it. Braces may also then be used to straighten the teeth and further improve the aesthetics of the smile. In order to be considered for orthognathic surgery your jaw will need to have stopped growing. This means that, typically, surgical orthodontics is only performed on adults over the age of 18. Surgery is usually a last resort and only performed in severe cases.
What are the rewards of having 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.