Orthognathic surgery also referred to as surgical orthodontics, can correct severe cases like bad bites, malocclusion, and jaw bone abnormalities. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of nine dental specialties that focuses on treating complex craniofacial issues involving the mouth, face, jaw, and skull. If surgical orthodontics is indicated in your treatment plan, your orthodontist will work in tandem with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure the highest quality of care.
When is Surgical Orthodontics Necessary?
Surgical Orthodontics is designed to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. You might require surgery if your jaws fail to align properly and you are seeking adult orthodontic treatment.
Your jaw typically stops growing by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In some instances, a bite cannot be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery can help to align the jaw, and then braces will be used to move the teeth into their desired positions.
Am I a Good Candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?
Your orthodontist can indicate if orthognathic surgery is required as part of your treatment, and can then work with you and your surgeon to ensure the best outcome.
What to Expect with Orthognathic Surgery
Your orthognathic surgery will be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting. The duration of surgery will depend on the severity of your case but typically lasts several hours. Recovery time is two weeks, during which you should plan to take a break from work or school, if possible. When your jaw has healed to a sufficient degree, your orthodontist will perform a “fine tuning” of your bite. After recovering from surgery, you will be required to wear braces, which are typically removed after 6 to 12 months. After your appliance comes off, you will wear a retainer to maintain your new and improved smile.
Are There Risks Associated with Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is like any other surgery, so there may be risks involved. However, the procedure is not new and has been performed successfully for many years in practices and hospitals the world over. If you are concerned about a surgery you have scheduled, please contact our practice and let us know. We are pleased to answer any questions you might have, and can provide you with additional information to ensure your absolute comfort.
Do I Really Need Surgery?
Don’t think of orthognathic surgery as a procedure to be frightened of. Imagine the new, ravishing smile, the boost to your oral health, and the swelling of confidence you will experience after surgery is completed.
Contact the Oak Park and La Grange orthodontists at Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics to choose from stylish colored braces, Invisalign, and a number of other options for straightening your smile. Call or email today for cutting edge and affordable orthodontics in Oak Park, Elmwood, La Grange, Countryside, 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.