The Surgical Orthodontic Process
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a specialized treatment option that addresses complex cases involving jaw bone abnormalities, malocclusion, and improper bites. As a recognized dental specialty, oral and maxillofacial surgery plays a crucial role in treating craniofacial issues related to the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you require surgical orthodontics, our dedicated orthodontist will collaborate with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide you with exceptional care and outstanding results.
When is Surgical Orthodontics Recommended?
Surgical orthodontics is typically recommended for adults who have concerns about their bite functionality or aesthetic appearance. It is essential for jaw growth to be complete before undergoing orthognathic surgery, which generally occurs by age 16 in females and 18 in males. This treatment becomes necessary when the jaws do not align properly, making it impossible to achieve a correct bite through orthodontic treatment alone. By aligning the jaw accurately, orthognathic surgery enables orthodontic braces to reposition the teeth effectively.
Determining the Need for Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Weibel will assess your case to determine whether orthognathic surgery is required as part of your treatment plan. Factors such as the severity of your condition and the alignment of your jaw will be taken into consideration.
The Process of Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is performed by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting. The duration of the surgery varies depending on individual cases and can take several hours. Following the procedure, a rest period of approximately two weeks is recommended. As orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, it is advisable to schedule time off from work or school during the healing process. After your jaw has fully healed, Dr. Weibel will fine-tune your bite using braces, which are typically removed within six to 12 months post-surgery. To maintain your new smile, a retainer will be provided.
Understanding the Risks and Rewards
Like any major surgery, orthognathic surgery carries certain risks. However, this procedure has been performed successfully for many years. Should you have any concerns or questions about your upcoming orthognathic surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice. We prioritize your comfort and are dedicated to addressing all your inquiries and providing any necessary information. The ultimate reward of orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime, restoring your confidence and leaving you smiling with pride for years to come.