What Is Surgical
Surgical orthodontics, also known as
orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment
used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it
treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you
surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to
ensure that you receive the best care possible.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will
perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will
take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each
individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period.
Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time
away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, your
orthodontist will once again “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you will have to wear
most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are
removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
Rewards Of Having Orthognathic
For many patients, the most important
reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a
beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to
bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your
confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.