Surgical Orthodontics and Your Smile
Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, helps to treat severe orthodontic problems, including bad bites, malocclusions, and jaw abnormalities. At Martin Orthodontics, we proudly provide surgical treatments for our orthodontic patients.
If we evaluate your smile and determine that you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. Martin will work closely with your oral surgeon to ensure that you can get the best possible smile.
Orthodontic surgery can help you improve bite problems as well as aesthetic issues. You can only begin surgical treatment once your jaw has stopped growing. This typically occurs around age sixteen for women and eighteen for men.
If we find that your jaw bones are misaligned and we are unable to correct it with braces alone, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment. This surgery is meant to align the jaws so that our braces can correctly straighten your teeth.
Not every patient requires surgery, so we encourage you to meet with an orthognathic surgeon. He or she can work closely with you to determine whether or not you require surgery.
What to Expect
An oral surgeon will complete your surgery in a hospital setting. You should plan for the surgery to take a few hours depending on the extent of the issues.
After surgery, it is imperative that you rest for about two weeks. This is considered a major surgery, and you will need to take time off from work or school so that you can heal. After healing from surgery, Dr. Marin will then work on straightening your teeth. Many patients go on to wear braces for just six months to a year post surgery. After the braces come off, we will provide a retainer for you to wear so your teeth stay in their prescribed positions.
Like all surgeries, orthodontic surgery does come with risks. However, this type of surgery is typically very safe and effective and fixing alignment issues. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to ask questions before the procedure.
Most people can’t wait to have the smile they deserve. That is the best reward of the surgery. It can also help your self-confidence. Whether you need surgery to correct your bite, a malocclusion, or a jaw abnormality, we can help you have a smile you want to show off.
If you have any questions about surgery, contact us at any time at (972) 393-5550.