Surgical Orthodontics From Your Orthodontists in Vernon
Otherwise known as orthognathic surgery, surgical orthodontics are orthodontic treatments that address and correct serious cases of improper bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion (teeth misalignment). Patients who require surgical orthodontics will have both their orthodontist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon working together to provide them with the best care possible.
When would someone consider having a surgical orthodontics procedure performed?
These types of procedures may be ideal for treating complex cases related to improper bites (when the jaws don’t align correctly) and/or other aesthetic concerns. Once the jaw has stopped growing – typically at age 16 in females and 18 in males – surgery may be performed to achieve a proper bite, which can then be treated with orthodontic braces.
What’s involved with these procedures?
Before surgical orthodontics take place, orthodontic treatment usually happens in order to align teeth so that they fit correctly together after surgery is performed. Orthodontic treatment continues for a time after surgery to bring teeth into their final, optimal positions for good function.
Orthognathic surgery is performed in a hospital, is conducted by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and can take several hours depending on the patient’s unique needs. Patients should expect to book approximately two weeks of time off from work and/or school to recover.
Following surgery, patients will continue to wear bracesor Invisalign aligners for approximately six to 12 months. A retainer will then need to be worn to maintain their smile.
What risks are involved?
While orthognathic surgery has been performed for many years and has a high success rate, as is the case with any medical surgery, there are certain risks involved. Patients are encouraged to contact their oral surgeon with any questions or concerns they have about the risks associated with this treatment.
What rewards are involved?
In addition to correcting malocclusion, jaw abnormality, or an improper bite, this surgery can be instrumental in helping build a patient’s confidence while also enabling them to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for life.
Are you wondering if surgical orthodontics are right for you? Call our team today to discuss!
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- Address severe jaw bone abnormalities, improper bites, and misalignment concerns
- Receive the personalized care you need
- Treat orthodontic issues not rectified by orthodontic treatments alone
- Enhance your smile and speaking confidence
- Transform your smile for life!