A Special Type of Orthodontic Treatment
Surgical orthodontics is a type of orthodontic treatment needed in the most severe cases where we can't treat with braces alone. For these special patients that need surgical orthodontics, we work closely with a specialized oral surgeon to determine the best-customized treatment plan.
When is surgical orthodontics needed?
Surgical orthodontics may be used when a patient is finished growing. For this reason, typically it is mostly indicated in adults. Usually, jaw growth is complete by age 16 in females and 18 in males. Surgical orthodontics is recommended when the jaws do not line up accurately, and a proper bite cannot be attained with braces or other appliances alone.
Will I need surgical orthodontics?
During your complimentary exam, Dr. Thurman will tell you whether or not orthognathic surgery is necessary as part of your orthodontic treatment plan. Once we complete our records, photos, and X-rays as part of the exam, we are able to accurately diagnose the severity of your case.
How does jaw surgery work?
If you need surgical orthodontics, we'll refer you to a specialist. Then, we'll coordinate all of your appointments to make sure you have the best care.
Your surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours, depending on your individual case. Your surgeon and their team will answer all of your questions about the procedure, recovery, and risks. We're also here to answer all of your questions, so don't hesitate to get in touch with our office.
Why should I consider orthognathic surgery?
Just like every patient who seeks a beautiful, healthy smile, you deserve the best. Surgical orthodontics may be the solution to give you the confident smile you deserve.