Some orthodontic issues require surgery to remedy.
Also known as orthognathic surgery, surgical orthodontics is used to treat severe cases that cannot be corrected through any other means. Some issues that require surgical intervention are bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Surgical orthodontists must undergo more training than the average orthodontist as it is a separate specialty.
We prefer to avoid surgery whenever possible.
Surgery is complex, difficult on the patient, and expensive. As a result, we try to avoid relying on surgery unless there is no other option. We recommend that children receive Two Phase Treatment to avoid the need for surgical intervention.
Surgery is generally not an option until growth is complete.
For women, this usually occurs by age 16 and for men, age 18. Because surgery is used to align the jaw, growth needs to be complete to ensure that the results of the surgery will not change. There are appliances that can be used to help the patient until they reach the age where surgery is an option.
You cannot diagnose yourself as needing orthodontic surgery.
Only an orthodontist can determine if the problem can be resolved without surgery. If it can, other forms of treatment are preferred, even if they take longer. In many cases, surgery can be avoided.
All surgery comes with risks.
And that means that should you require orthodontic surgery, there will be risks involved. However, they are not high. This type of surgery has been performed for many years and our team is highly experienced.
If you have a significant orthodontic issue and want to see if you need surgery, schedule your appointment today.