Surgical orthodontics is a type of surgery that repairs any issues that can keep your mouth from functioning properly. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat any diseases, injuries, and defects concerning the mouth, face, and skull. If your dental needs require surgical orthodontics, our orthodontists will collaborate with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide you with the best treatment.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
If you are concerned with your bite or appearance, surgical orthodontics can be a good treatment option for you. Your jaw must be fully developed for you to undergo orthognathic surgery. Generally, females’ jaws stop growing around 16 years old and by the age of 18 for men. Orthognathic surgery is needed when your jaw doesn’t align properly and your bite can’t be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery and orthodontic braces work together by aligning your jaw and straightening your teeth.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
Your orthodontist will let you know if they think orthognathic surgery would be beneficial to your unique dental needs. Since every patient is different, you may or may not need oral surgery.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is performed by a surgeon. While time may vary for each patient, orthognathic surgery can last for several hours. After surgery, you will have a two-week rest period. With orthognathic surgery being a major procedure, it is important to give yourself time to fully heal.
When your jaw is fully healed, your orthodontist will apply braces to further correct your bite. Typically, braces are taken off within six months to a year after orthognathic surgery. Once your braces are taken off, you will wear a retainer to keep your smile perfectly aligned. You and your orthodontist will determine a schedule for you to wear your retainer. Most retainers can be worn at night while the patient sleeps.
What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
Like all surgeries, there are potential risks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming orthognathic surgery, get in touch with one of our team members at CenterPoint Orthodontics. If you are interested in knowing more about oral surgery, call us today at (208) 323-4800. From your initial appointment to post-surgery, our staff is here to ensure your experience at our practice is comfortable and informative at every stage of your treatment.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
While many patients receive orthognathic surgery to obtain a better-looking smile, the benefits go far beyond aesthetics. This treatment can help repair jaw abnormality, malocclusion, and problems with your bite to restore full functionality in your mouth. The better your mouth functions, the better you can perform day-to-day tasks like chewing. Orthognathic surgery is key to achieving a better-looking and functioning smile and your overall oral health.
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