Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If surgical orthodontics is indicated in your treatment process, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. You may need surgery if your jaws are incorrectly aligned and you are seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In some cases, a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper positions.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
Your orthodontist will indicate if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment, and will then work with you and your surgeon to ensure the best treatment outcomes.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery in a hospital. The length of the surgery will depend on the severity of your issue, but will typically take several hours. Recovery time will be approximately two weeks, during which it is recommended to take a break from work or school. After your jaw has sufficiently healed, your orthodontist will once again “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you will have to wear braces, and 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.
Are there any risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is just like any medical surgery, so there are some risks involved. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you’re concerned about an upcoming surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy and functional smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.
The Oak Park and La Grange orthodontists at Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment. From stylish colored braces to Invisalign, no matter what your orthodontic issue is, our team is here to help. We strive to provide cutting edge, caring and affordable orthodontics in La Grange, Countryside, Oak Park, Elmwood Park, River Forest and the surrounding area. Dr Battistoni and Dr Beam are committed to ensuring every patient has an exceptional experience on their way to their dream smile.