At Chestermere Station Orthodontics, if you have a more difficult case that cannot be solved using traditional orthodontic treatments, then surgical orthodontics may be the perfect option for you.
Surgical Orthodontics is also known as Orthognathic Surgery. It is a type of orthodontic treatment that is used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion.
When Is Surgical Orthodontics Necessary?
If you have a bad bite or aesthetic concerns, you may need surgical orthodontic treatment. Typically, jaw growth stops by the age of 16 in females and by 18 in males. To qualify for Orthognathic surgery, your jaw must be done growing. Surgical intervention may be required when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved using orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and then orthodontic braces can be used to move the teeth into their correct position.
Watch Widening The Upper Jaw
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
It is typically performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting. Since it is considered a significant surgical treatment, you will likely need time away from work/school to go through the healing process. After your jaw has healed, Dr. John Huynh can then fine-tune your bite. You will typically wear braces for about six to 12 months. Once the braces are removed, you will continue to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile.
What Are the Risks of Surgery?
Like any significant medical procedure, there are always risks attendant with surgery. We suggest you speak with Dr. Huynh to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
What Is the Benefit After Surgery?
For most, having a bad bite, malocclusion or jaw abnormality corrected will allow them to lead a healthy life. However, the real reward of Orthognathic surgery is in achieving a beautiful, healthy new smile that will last a lifetime!