What Is Surgical Orthodontics?

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Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of corrective surgery used to improve jaw and tooth alignment. It may also be used to correct other facial abnormalities, such as a cleft palate, in some cases. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon, someone who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the mouth, jaws, and face, usually performs orthognathic surgery. Surgical orthodontics seeks to improve the function and appearance of the jaws and teeth.

For example, surgery may be used to correct an overbite or underbite, close gaps between teeth, or improve facial symmetry. Orthognathic surgery is usually performed in conjunction with traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments. In some cases, however, surgery may be the only option. If you are considering surgical orthodontics, please contact CT Braces to discuss your specific goals and which type of surgery would be best for you.

When Is Surgical Orthodontics Needed?

Surgical orthodontics is a form of treatment used to align severely misaligned teeth. This treatment is considered when conventional orthodontic methods have failed or when the misalignment of the patient’s teeth poses a threat to their oral health.

First, it is essential to note that orthognathic surgery cannot be performed on a growing jaw. The average age at which the jaw stops growing is 16 years old for females and 18 years old for males.

You may require surgical orthodontics if you have misaligned jaws as an adult with a fully developed jaw. Misaligned jaws are typically characterized by improper bites and an obviously unbalanced facial appearance. Your jaw will be properly aligned through orthognathic surgery, and you will then wear braces to move your teeth into the correct positions.

How Do I know if I Need Surgical Orthodontics?

Our orthodontists will evaluate the severity of your case by examining your teeth and jaw during your initial consultation. If they determine that your misalignment is severe enough to warrant surgical orthodontics, they will explain the procedure to you. They will explain what the surgery entails, how long it will last, and how recovery will proceed. In addition, they will answer any questions you may have about the operation. You can make an informed decision regarding whether or not to proceed with surgical orthodontics once you have all the necessary information.

What Are The Risks Associated With Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical Orthodontics, like any other type of surgical procedure, comes with potential complications. The good news is that orthodontic surgery has been around for quite some time, and the knowledgeable staff here at CT Braces can help put your mind at ease.