What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Some bites require more than just braces, and surgical intervention is neccessary. Although this occurs in only 5-10% of cases, it can be very beneficial for harmony of the teeth and jaws.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of surgical treatment. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength, and predictability to treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. Often if orthodontics is performed while your child is still growing, we can use this growth to prevent what would have been a surgical case if left untreated. This is why an orthodontic consult by the age of 7 is recommended for your child.