Surgical Orthodontics

What is Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is reserved for very severe cases and is used to correct jaw irregularities. It can help patients breathe, speak and chew properly, while also improving their facial appearance. The surgical process involves a combination of orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery, technically called orthognathic surgery. When the jaws move, the teeth also shift, which is why we straighten the teeth with braces or Invisalign® in conjunction with jaw correction. In some cases, it’s the best option to bring about dramatic, stable results.

Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Bloome and Dr. Mount are experienced in this branch of orthodontics and if you need surgical treatment, our team will work closely with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to give you the best possible outcome.

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How Does Surgical Orthodontics Work?

Surgical orthodontics is completed in multiple steps. We begin with a round of braces or Invisalign treatment in advance of your surgery. It might actually feel as if your bite is worsening at first but we have to plan ahead to ensure the teeth are positioned in a way that when your jaw surgery is finished, they’ll fit together correctly.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will then perform your jaw surgery in the hospital. It will depend on the type of procedure and degree of correction needed but, in many cases, the surgery can last several hours. When it’s complete, you’ll take some time to heal and recover. After the recuperation period, your orthodontist will “fine tune” your bite and you’ll finish up your braces or Invisalign treatment. Typically, this final phase of treatment will last between six months to a year. Lastly, you’ll wear a retainer to maintain your gorgeous results.

Am I a Candidate for Surgical Orthodontics?

Unlike most other forms of orthodontic treatment, earlier isn’t better with surgical orthodontics. Jaw correction surgery can only be performed when the jaw has stopped growing, usually between the ages of 16 and 18. As we noted, surgical treatment is used in severe cases. While there may be signs that you are a candidate, only a doctor can determine if it’s the right option for you. To find out if surgical orthodontics can give you a healthy, beautiful smile, book a free consultation with Dr. Tabakman, Dr. Bloome or Dr. Mount.