Orthognathic surgery is a surgical orthodontic treatment used in adults to correct severe jaw bone abnormalities and malocclusion, or misalignment, of the jaw.
Dr. Mehdy, Dr. Dave, and Dr. Shiva apply their specialized training in Dentofacial Orthopedics to redirect jaw growth and alignment in young patients so that, in most cases, they do not require surgical orthodontics as adults. Dr. Mehdy, Dr. Dave and Dr. Shiva are also known for being able to avoid surgical orthodontics in adults by applying advanced orthodontic treatments in complex cases. If you have been told that you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, call Rad Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation and second opinion.
In severe cases, or in cases where jaw growth is already complete, surgery may be required. If you need surgical orthodontics, Rad Orthodontics will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Who Needs Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics is only needed when the jaws do not line up correctly and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. If your upper and lower jaw don't align or close properly, or if your jaws are too short or too long and affect the asthetics of your profile, you could be a candidate for surgical orthodontics. Orthognathic surgery is not performed until the jaw is completely finished growing. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
Orthognathic surgery is performed to align the jaw properly, and then orthodontic braces are used to move the teeth into their proper position. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs the orthognathic surgery in a hospital. After the surgery is complete, there is a rest period of about two weeks. After the jaw has healed, Rad Orthodontics will “fine-tune” your bite with non-surgical treatments such as braces. Most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After the braces are removed, a retainer helps to maintain the new positions of the teeth.
As with any major medical surgery, there are risks to having orthognathic surgery. However, the procedure has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you’re concerned about an upcoming orthognathic surgery treatment, please contact Rad Orthodontics. We are happy to answer all of your questions and provide you with additional information you need. Your comfort is important to us.