Surgical Orthodontics


Surgical orthodontics (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.

Orthognathic surgery is typically performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. Depending on what is called for, upper or lower jaw bones can be separated, repositioned, taken from or added to in order to promote a healthy bite and good jaw function. Other facial bones may also be changed, repositioned or augmented to promote better facial symmetry and tooth alignment. After the necessary healing time, usually one to two months, braces are used to make any minor final adjustments needed. These braces are usually removed three to six months after surgery is performed.

Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.