• Surgical Orthodontics

  • What is surgical orthodontics?

    Surgical orthodontics is the combination of traditional orthodontics with jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) to correct jaw irregularities, align severe malocclusions, or improve facial appearance. First orthodontics straightens your teeth, then orthognathic surgery straightens your jaws.

    Who needs surgical orthodontics?

    Surgical orthodontics is recommended for non-growing adult patients with severe malocclusions that cannot be corrected with orthodontics alone. Thanks to the new advancements in orthodontic brackets and archwires, most adults can be treated without orthognathic surgery.

    How does it work?

    During your pre-surgical orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts 6-18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.

    Consultation with our office and the oral surgeon will determine which procedure is necessary. When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within one week. After the necessary healing time (about 4-8 weeks), your orthodontist "fine-tunes" your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.