In some cases, surgery may be required to correct the alignment of the jaw and prepare the teeth for a braces treatment. At the Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics, we may recommend orthognathic surgery to correct jaw alignment. We proudly serve the residents of Florida, welcoming those from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the nearby communities.
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery, also called jaw surgery, is a corrective procedure designed to fix the alignment of the jaws. This surgical orthodontics treatment can correct uneven bites and malocclusion, preparing the mouth for braces or other orthodontic treatments. The treatment can be performed on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
When is Orthognathic Surgery Needed?
Orthognathic surgery is needed whenever a patient has an improper bite or other concerns. It is typically required if proper jaw alignment cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatments alone.This procedure cannot be performed until the jaw has finished growing, which is around the age of 18 for males and 16 for females. We stress early treatment for children who are showing signs of poor jaw and tooth development to avoid orthognathic surgery, which is less desirable than simpler treatments that could have been performed at the first sign of concern. During your appointment, we will be able to inform you if orthognathic surgery will be required as part of your treatment.
How is Orthognathic Surgery Performed?
Orthognathic surgery is performed with the aid of anesthesia to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient. During the procedure, the jaw bones are cut so that they can be properly positioned. Once they are placed in the proper spot, the bones will be fastened to create the desired results. Jaw surgery is typically performed in a few hours.
How is Recovery from Orthognathic surgery?
After your surgery, you may have to avoid certain foods and physical activities until you recover. We recommend that patients have a two-week rest period, during which time they may want to take time off of work or school. Although you may experience some discomfort after your jaw surgery, you are able to return to school, work, or other activities as soon as you feel ready. After approximately six weeks, patients are able to proceed with the next step of their orthodontic care.
What is the Next Step After Orthognathic Surgery?
After you recover from orthognathic surgery, braces are usually the next step. With the jaws properly aligned, the mouth is ready for an effective braces treatment. To learn more about the braces treatment, visit our page on braces.
To learn more about orthognathic surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics use orthognathic surgery and other orthodontic techniques to help patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. We welcome patients from Kendall, Hialeah, and Miami, FL.