Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment involving surgical procedures to correct jaw irregularities and improve the patient’s bite and facial appearance.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Surgical orthodontics may be needed in cases where there is a significant discrepancy between the size of the upper and lower jaws or when the teeth are severely misaligned and cannot be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone.
It is typically recommended for adult patients who have stopped growing, as the jaw bones must be fully developed for the surgery to be effective.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
At CSO Orthodontics, our experienced orthodontists, Dr. Cosse and Dr. Silmon, will evaluate your case and determine if orthognathic surgery is the right course of treatment for you.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
Orthognathic surgery is typically performed in a hospital by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. It can last several hours, varying on each individual case.
Following surgery, there will be a recommended two-week rest period, as orthognathic surgery is a major treatment. To allow for healing, we advise scheduling time away from work and school.
Once the jaw has healed, our team will fine-tune your bite. Braces are necessary after surgery and will be removed within six to 12 months. After your braces are removed, a retainer will be worn to help maintain your new smile.
What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, and as with any surgery, there are some risks associated with the procedure.
At CSO Orthodontics, we have performed many successful orthognathic surgery procedures with a high level of safety. Our team of experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, and dental professionals will work closely to ensure you fully understand the procedure and its potential outcomes.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery can greatly improve the function and appearance of your jaw and teeth. By correcting misalignments and other issues, this surgery can improve your ability to speak, eat, and breathe. Additionally, many patients experience increased self-confidence and improved quality of life after undergoing orthognathic surgery. Our experienced team at CSO Orthodontics can help determine if this treatment is right for you and guide you through the entire process.