Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases like bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. As one of the nine recognized dental specialities, oral and maxillofacial surgery focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull.
Your orthognathic surgery will be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital. Depending on the severity of your case, orthognathic surgery can take several hours. After a two-week healing period, your orthodontist will once again “fine-tune” your newly healed jaw. You will have to wear braces for 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile!
Your orthodontist can tell you if you need orthognathic surgery as part of your treatment. If you need surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to deliver the best care possible.
Orthognathic surgery is usually recommended for adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. To receive orthognathic surgery, the patient’s jaw should be finished growing – typically, the age of 16 for females or the age of 18 for males. Orthognathic surgery helps to properly align the jaw, so that dental braces can be used to shift the teeth into their proper position.
As with any major medical procedure, orthognathic surgery may carry certain risks. If you’re concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please let Dr. Shannon Lewis and our Lewis Braces team know. We are happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with additional information. We value your comfort.
For many patients, the rewards of orthognathic surgery is evident in their healthy new smile. Lewis Braces has helped thousands in our Edmond, OK community smile with confidence. Join us for a complimentary consultation to discover if orthognathic surgery can transform your smile.