Orthodontics is a tried and true way to change a person’s smile. However, for some people, orthodontics alone isn’t enough. In these cases, surgical orthodontics can help the patient get their desired results. But what exactly is surgical orthodontics- and how does it work? Here’s what patients need to know.
What is Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics is when jaw surgery is used along with traditional orthodontics in order to properly align a patient’s teeth. This is necessary for people who have severe issues with their teeth and/or jaw position. Of course, these issues can cause cosmetic problems. However, they can affect a person’s health as well. This surgery is often used to treat birth defects, sleep apnea, TMJ, and facial injuries. The result is a smile that not only looks great, but also functions optimally.
How Does It Work?
Surgical orthodontics takes place in two parts. Usually, the orthodontic treatment is performed first. After teeth are properly aligned, jaw surgery will be performed to ensure that the teeth rest in the correct part of the mouth. Orthodontists and oral surgeons typically work together to make sure each part of the mouth is treated properly.
Treatment for Adults Vs. Children
Surgical orthodontics can only be performed after a person stops growing. Otherwise, the patient might deal with the jaw shifting after the procedure. Therefore, this treatment is only recommended for adults. However, children with jaw issues have treatment options, too. Early intervention can help treat jaw issues in children. Sometimes, these tools even allow them to avoid oral surgery in the future.
While surgical orthodontics is only used for adults, it’s important that all patients with jaw issues see an oral surgeon- regardless of their age. Patients who see a doctor early will have more treatment options in the long run.
Learn More About Surgical Orthodontics
We understand that oral surgery can be scary. At Rock Creek Oral Surgery, we work with each patient to help them feel comfortable before, during, and after their procedure. Ready to learn more? Call us today to book your consultation, or click here to learn more about what we do.