Some orthodontic issues might require more serious interventions that involve orthognathic surgery, a type of treatment that serves to correct major abnormalities in a person’s jaws. Just like “orthodontics” means “straight teeth,” “orthognathic” is used to signify “straight jaws.” Because repositioning the jaw will also change the position of your teeth, orthodontic treatment will also be necessary to place your teeth in the correct position. At Angle Orthodontics, we work closely with a team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons in order to make sure that you receive the best possible care throughout your orthognathic treatment.
What Does The Surgical Procedure Involve?
This type of procedure may last anywhere from one to a few hours, depending on the type of surgery and the severity of the problem. Many different corrections can be made — for instance, upper jaw surgery can involve moving the jaw forward, backward, lowering it or raising it. Incisions are generally made inside the mouth in order to make sure that there are no visible scars on the outside of the patient’s face. However, in the rare circumstances that it is necessary to make an external incision, special care is taken to conceal it in the natural creases of the skin.
When Are Surgical Orthodontics Necessary?
Surgical orthodontics are usually necessary when a patient’s jaws do not line up properly and a healthy bite cannot be achieved solely using traditional orthodontic treatment methods. However, in order to employ surgical orthodontics, it is important to make sure that the jaw has stopped growing. Generally speaking, a person’s jaw has become fully formed between the ages of 16 and 18 — it is therefore not recommended to perform surgery on a child’s jaw before the age of 16. Take a look at some of the most common conditions that require surgical orthodontics:
- Correcting an open bite During this procedure, some of the bone in the upper part of the jaw has to be removed. The upper jaw is then secured using a number of small screws and plates.
- Correcting a receding lower jaw A receding lower jaw tends to cause a “weak chin” — to correct it, we will separate the bone in the lower portion of the jaw and reposition it forward.
- Correcting a protruding lower jaw A protruding lower jaw is treated by separating the bone in the rear part of the jaw from the front portion and modifying it so that the jaw can be moved back into alignment.
Surgical Orthodontic Treatments Last A Lifetime
If you suspect that you have one of these major orthodontic problems and you are interested in what can be done to correct it, feel free to contact our team at Angle Orthodontics. We understand that some patients might be interested in altering their appearance but fearful about the entire process. Our team of experienced orthodontic surgeons have years of experience in alleviating the stress of getting orthodontic surgery and producing long-lasting changes for patients with a range of different problems. For a free consultation about your own problem, feel free to contact us today at 503-252-5567!