For Severe Problems with Alignment
Most orthodontic problems can be solved using appliances. In mild to moderate cases, braces will do the trick. Even in some severe cases, braces, headgear, and palatal expanders can allow us to avoid surgery. However, sometimes it is the best option. Problems with the jaw go beyond mere aesthetics, harming the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Through surgical orthodontics, we can straighten the jaw while using braces to straighten the teeth.
Surgical Orthodontics is only an Option after Jaw Growth is Complete.
This means that males cannot receive the surgery until the age of 18 and females until the age of 16. However, treatment will start about one or two years before surgery takes place, using braces. The doctor will be able to determine if there is a problem early on.
During the Early Stages, you may feel like Treatment is Making Things Worse.
As your braces move the teeth, it may feel like your alignment is getting significantly worse rather than better. However, this is because the doctor is putting your teeth in proper alignment for the way your jaw will be positioned after surgery. This means that things may feel wrong, but all is going according to plan.
Surgical Orthodontics is Incredibly Safe.
Surgery is performed by an oral surgeon in a hospital, supported by an experienced team. Surgery can last several hours. The specifics of your surgery will vary based on what you need. However, you can expect amazing results once the procedure is finished. Patients generally head back to school or work within two weeks and after four to eight weeks, the orthodontist will use braces to fine-tune the bite.