Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
For most people, orthodontic treatments can be corrected using appliances such as braces or Invisalign. These treatments are effective for straightening teeth that are misaligned, crooked, or gapped. But there are certain circumstances where orthodontic treatments aren’t sufficient to correct jaw and teeth issues, which is when a surgical treatment might be discussed.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
This surgical treatment offers an effective way to correct issues that are skeletal in nature, such as a receding or protruding lower jaw. In these cases, the bite misalignment is not caused by the position of the teeth. Instead, the position or size of the jaw is affecting the bite.
Common issues from jaw misalignment include:
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw, where the bottom jaw is forward beyond the upper jaw
- Receding jaw, where the bottom jaw is positioned too far back in comparison to the upper jaw
Surgery might be required on one or both jaws, depending on the circumstances. The purpose and goal of the surgery are to improve basic oral functions, including speaking, chewing, swallowing, and breathing. Surgical orthodontic treatments can also be beneficial to improve facial symmetry, which helps with overall aesthetics.
Multi-Faceted Treatment Plan
Most often, surgery is paired with other orthodontic treatments and involves services from an orthodontist, a maxillofacial surgeon, and a general dentist. A complete evaluation is done to determine the right approach for treatment. Then, the team works together in an interdisciplinary manner to create a plan based on the individual circumstances.
Often, orthodontic treatments are completed before the surgery, so the teeth are in the right positioning. Then, additional orthodontic work might be required after the surgical recovery period.
Unique Treatment Plan
Surgical orthodontic treatments are usually only needed for adult patients. When these misalignment issues are identified early in life, other treatments can be used to prevent the need for surgery. Our goal is to use minimally-invasive treatments whenever possible. So, surgery is only recommended if no other treatment options will be sufficient to correct jaw alignment.
For more information about a personalized treatment plan, we invite you to contact our experienced team at Advanced Orthodontics. We’re here to help you determine the best treatments so that you can create the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
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