Surgical orthodontics, also referred to as orthognathic surgery, can be used to correct jaw irregularities and even improve facial aesthetics. The procedure, which involves correcting the alignment of your jaw, will also shift your teeth. As a result, Dr. T.C. Hardy will utilize braces in combination with surgical orthodontics.
Candidates for Surgical Orthodontics
You may be a candidate for surgical orthodontics if you have problems chewing, breathing, and/or speaking due to a misaligned bite. If you have concerns about your facial appearance, you may also be considered for the treatment. Surgical orthodontics must be performed on adult or teenagers with fully developed jaws. A teenager’s jaw growth is typically complete at age 18 for boys and 16 for girls.
What Can I Expect?
Depending on your unique needs, an oral surgeon will perform surgery on your upper and/or lower jaw. Orthodontic surgery on your upper jaw can involve shifting it backward, forward, upward, and downward. For lower jaw surgery, the surgeon can move your jawbone forward or backward. Surgery is most often done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, Please schedule a consult with Dr. Hardy to find out what is best for you.
We advise you to wait for least two weeks after surgery before resuming your usual activities, but please do as your oral surgeon recommends. You should also come in for a checkup approximately one month after the procedure for an evaluation. Usually after 6 to 12 months of orthodontic treatment following your surgery your braces can be removed. Dr. Hardy will periodically check the progress of your smile and jaw alignment with regularly scheduled appointments.
Schedule a Consultation
Pleasecontact Taft Hill Orthodontics for more information about surgical orthodontics, or to schedule a consultation.