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Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is crucial for correcting severe orthodontic issues like bad bites and jaw bone abnormalities. Recommended for adults after jaw growth cessation, this surgery aligns the jaw properly, complementing traditional braces for comprehensive treatment.

When Surgical Orthodontics is Needed

Typically necessary for correcting significant bite misalignments and aesthetic concerns in adults, orthognathic surgery comes into play when braces alone can’t achieve the desired results.

How Orthognathic Surgery Works

Performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, this major surgery requires a recovery period and involves certain risks. It’s followed by a period of wearing braces to ensure proper alignment of teeth, culminating in a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Determining the Need for Surgery

Orthodontists assess the severity of jaw misalignment to decide if orthognathic surgery is part of the treatment plan. It’s typically considered for adult patients whose jaws have fully developed and who have issues that braces alone cannot correct.

The Process of Orthognathic Surgery

The surgery, conducted in a hospital setting, involves realigning the jaw. Post-surgery, patients usually have a two-week rest period. Orthodontic treatment continues after surgery, typically with braces for 6-12 months, followed by retainers.

Risks and Rewards of Orthognathic Surgery

Like any major medical procedure, orthognathic surgery carries certain risks. However, it’s a well-established and successful practice treating complex dental issues. The most significant reward is a lasting, healthy smile, improved oral function, and enhanced facial aesthetics. Patients with concerns are encouraged to discuss them with their orthodontic team for a comprehensive understanding and peace of mind.