Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and severe malocclusions. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. Anderson 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. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and orthodontic braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper position.

How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?

Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. Dr. Anderson can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

Orthognathic surgery is typically done once the teeth have been initially straightened with braces. This initial straightening process may take six to 12 months. Once the initial straightening process is complete, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery. A six to twelve month “finishing process” in the braces is typically needed to fine tune the bite post surgery.

What are the risks associated
with orthognathic surgery?

As with any medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding surgical orthodontics.

What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?

For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime that may not have been possible without surgery.