Surgical orthodontics is typically used for patients whose problems go beyond tooth alignment. For instance, misaligned jaws or malocclusions might not be remedied with regular orthodontics. Usually, orthodontists will try traditional methods, such as braces, bite plates, and headgear to attempt to solve jaw problems before resorting to surgery.
Oral surgeries can be intimidating. While surgical orthodontics is more invasive than other ortho solutions, most patients find the surgery is well worth the results. Over time, jaw issues can lead to severe pain, cosmetic issues, and other dental concerns. Surgical orthodontics addresses the underlying problems that lead to these issues, leaving you with a comfortable, healthy smile for life.
For most of us, our teeth erupt naturally, fitting in the right spot along the gum line. However, sometimes teeth may fail to erupt on their own, or only erupt partially. This is a common issue with canine teeth. Canine exposure surgery is used to help move these teeth into the correct position. This will not only save patients a great deal of pain, but can also help protect their teeth from alignment changes as their canines grow in.