Surgical orthodontics is a type of orthodontic treatment in conjunction with surgery of the jaws called as orthognathic surgery. It is used to correct severe cases of jaw abnormailities and malocclusion. If you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. Sachdev will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18-21 in males. Orthognathic surgery is usually done when the jaws stop growing. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontics 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 does orthognathic surgery work?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your surgery in a hospital. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. 2 weeks after the surgery, you will resume your orthodontic visits. In the next 6-12 months, your bite will be fine-tuned by Dr. Sachdev, as your jaws heal in their new positions. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
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.