Orthognathic surgery is sometimes needed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. It is used to correct a wide variety of abnormalities of a patient’s jaw and teeth. The primary purpose is to correct functional problems, but it may also significantly improve the patient’s appearance.
Some common reasons for orthognathic surgery are:
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Protruding jaw
- Open bite (upper and lower teeth don’t overlap properly)
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea and other sleep problems
- TMJ pain (jaw joint pain)
- Restoring facial injuries
When treating a teenager, knowing when to start orthodontic treatment in preparation for orthognathic surgery can be a bit precarious. It is important to know when to get started. If the teenager is still growing and orthodontic treatment is initiated too soon, the patient will either need to stay in braces until his or her growth is complete and they are ready for surgery, or the braces may have to be completely removed and then placed again after growth is complete. Unfortunately, neither of these options is favorable since it requires longer time in treatment, which we typically want to avoid if possible. Our orthodontist aims to complete treatment in a timely manner because not only is it healthier for the teeth and gums, but you are able to start enjoying your lifetime of smiles!
If you have been told that you need jaw surgery, or you are considering orthognathic surgery, give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation. Our orthodontist will explain our treatment plan so that you understand all the details, and you will be kept informed every step of the way!