Similar to how orthodontics involves repositioning teeth, surgical orthodontics (orthognathic surgery) entails moving the jaws into proper alignment. The teeth can only be moved so far within the supporting jaw structures with orthodontics alone. When the jaws are misaligned to the point of preventing the upper and lower teeth to fit together, surgical orthodontics is required. Orthognathic surgery can improve the ability to bite, speak, and breathe for these patients. Besides jaw function, surgical orthodontics can also drastically improve facial form and esthetics.
Orthognathic surgery is performed when the patient is finished growing. This is normally around age 16 for females and around 20 for males. Because jaws are being repositioned, the teeth must first be prepared for the surgical procedure. This involves orthodontic treatment in braces for about 12-18 months. The actual surgery is performed by an oral surgeon in a hospital setting while the braces are still on. After the surgery, orthodontic treatment is continued for about 6-12 months to detail and settle your bite.
Oral surgeons have been performing orthognathic surgery for decades, but as with any major medical surgery, there are certain complications and risks involved. At Kapadia Orthodontics we have years of experience with all sorts of cases ranging from mild straightforward surgery to the most difficult cases. All have ended successfully and provided results we are proud of. Contact us at our Oviedo, FL office to address any questions you may have – (407) 366-3300.