Understanding Surgical Orthodontics
Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is a surgical form of orthodontic treatment that helps to correct advanced or severe bite problems and jaw bone abnormalities. To perform your treatment, Dr. Fleming will collaborate with an oral surgeon from the planning phase to the last phase of care.
When is Surgical Orthodontics Recommended?
With surgical orthodontics, we can correct bite problems and esthetic concerns in adult patients. Surgery is typically recommended when the jaws are not lined up correctly and when the proper bite relationship cannot be achieved solely through orthodontic treatment. Surgically aligning the jaw enables us to move the teeth into the proper position with braces.
How is Orthognathic Surgery Performed?
Orthognathic surgery is performed by an experienced oral surgeon in a hospital setting. The surgery may take several hours to complete, depending upon the severity of the case. After the completed surgery, you should plan for a 2 week recovery period with time off from school or work. When the jaw has healed, Dr. Fleming will use braces to “fine-tune” the position of your teeth. You should expect to wear braces for 6- 12 months after surgery. Finally, with the braces removed, it is important that you wear a retainer to maintain the health of your new smile.
Are There Risks Associated with Orthognathic Surgery?
The risks of any major medical surgery will also apply to orthognathic surgery. Fortunately, orthognathic surgery is not a new concept, and has been successfully performed in orthodontic practices and hospitals for many years. During your surgical consultation, we will explain and discuss all of the risks that may pertain to you as well as answer any questions that may arise.
Consider the Rewards of Orthognathic Surgery
For many of our patients, achieving a beautiful and functionally healthy smile that will last for a lifetime is the most rewarding aspect of orthognathic surgery. If a bad bite, poor occlusion, or a jaw abnormality is affecting your ability to speak, chew, or smile, consider the benefits of orthognathic surgery. Our team can help to rebuild your confidence and bring the confidence back to your smile.
Learn more by contacting our office today.