Orthodontics surgical treatment is a tried and tested method of correcting problems with the teeth and jaws. It is typically carried out in hospitals by oral surgeons and tends to accelerate and improve general orthodontic treatment. The procedure also encompasses pre- and post-operative orthodontics. For instance, we often prescribe initial orthodontic treatment, which is aimed at aligning upper and lower teeth precedes surgery. The most common patients are adults with discrepancies between the size of upper and lower jaws or those that have the jaw abnormally positioned in relation to the skull.
Namely, corrective jaw surgery is used only in severe cases when extensive correction and alignment are needed and more conservative methods are not viable. Usually, surgery is a must for those who are past puberty and the early stage of jaw development, when corrections are easier to manage. After all, surgical treatment leads to permanent changes and this can interfere with the natural process of jaw growth in young people. Besides, with a timely orthodontist intervention and use of appliances, the bone growth can be redirected.
When Is Surgery Required?
That is also why the surgical treatment is often combined with other services we provide. Thanks to the self-ligating system feature for specialized braces, for example, we can decrease the time needed to handle treatment and visits by up to 40%. On the other hand, our Invisalign Clear Aligners straighten the teeth through the high-quality, custom-made aligner trays. They apply gentle pressure and gradually bring positive results. The rotation takes place after a few weeks and if these services prove to be successfully, you do not require surgery.
However, in other instances, which usually involve adult patients with finished bone growth (boys aged 18+ and girls aged 16+), orthodontics surgical treatment is heavily recommended. In fact, it can be the only feasible option. The braces are not effective enough on their own when we need to deal with severe overjet, malocclusions, protruding/retruding chin, abnormalities with the jaw bone, and underbite. Most of these issues are skeletal in nature (related to the position and size of the jaw) and surgery is the most prudent course of action.
To make an educated decision with the utmost degree of certainty, we use x-rays and other diagnostic imaging techniques to generate virtual models of jaws and teeth.
The Surgical Procedure And Its Aftermath
Depending on the patient’s problem and after we have put your mind to ease, we go on to schedule a procedure and surgically modify the jaw. The surgery itself can last several hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The braces are left to stabilize the jawbone and teeth, while parts of the bone are added, shifted, altered, or removed in order to accommodate for the moving of the jaw. Speaking of which, the jaw can be moved in four directions— backward, forward, up and down. The specific tasks surgeons perform differ depending on whether we are correcting the upper or the lower jaw or both.
What follows is a healing and recovery period, when orthodontic treatment comes into play again. This time around, we focus on any minor adjustments and tweaks to your bite that are required in order to ensure the longevity and integrity of the results. Braces are usually removed after 6 months and in total, the surgical treatment period can last 1-3 years. After that, the end result of surgery is evident: improved oral function and teeth in their perfect position. So, we promise to help patients swallow, chew, speak, breathe, sleep, and smile. On top of that, the surgical procedure restores your ideal facial symmetry.
Why Choose Us?
There are several unique benefits we bestow upon our patients. First of all, we care about your finances. Restoring your teeth to former glory or structuring them perfectly is important, but there is no need to break the bank in the process. So, the good news is that there are different treatment packages and some of them feature cheaper prices. Moreover, we allow you to take advantage of various payment methods that suit you the best. We are always open to discussing the costs with you before the treatment starts.
Secondly, we keep up the pace with trends and expansion that shape the orthodontist ecosystem. With technology advancing by leaps and bounds, the change is imminent. And so we embrace it by implementing new techniques and including cosmetic services that go well beyond teeth straightening. Likewise, to ensure lasting results, we employ procedures and tools that are on par with industry standards and best practices.
Finally, our team has gone through some of the best Orthodontic Universities the country has to offer. At the same time, Individual team members continuously work on honing their skills and improving the knowledge base. They seek education and attend various orthodontist seminars and meetings. Their experience is critical in administrating oral procedures and forwarding our brand mission. It is the main reason we are able to design comprehensive treatment plans that are tailored to each and every individual patient.
If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us. Let us make the positive change happen and improve oral function and appearance of the facial profile in one stroke!