Surgical orthodontics involves orthognathic surgery and is done to correct misalignments or other abnormalities in the upper jaw and lower jaws.
For this type of orthodontics, we work closely with an oral surgeon to create a cohesive treatment plan. In addition to improving appearance, this combined surgery and orthodontic treatment solution can also help improve speech, breathing, and chewing patterns.
Orthognathic surgery can involve combining orthodontic treatment with surgical procedures such as an osteotomy (bone cutting), bone grafts, distraction osteogenesis (stretching of the bone). Orthognathic correction is conducted in stages and the course of treatment can last a few months up to one year or more. In order to perform the procedure successfully, the jawbones may need to be repositioned in accordance with one’s specific needs. If so, inconspicuous incisions are usually made inside the mouth, and if needed, outside the mouth to allow for surgical plates, screws, wires and rubber bands to be used to hold your jaws in their new positions.
Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. If necessary, Dr. Smith and our team will work closely with an oral surgeon to create a treatment plan.