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What Is Surgical Orthodontics?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
digital illustration of left side of human face with maxillofacial/jaw area highlightedSurgical orthodontics, commonly known as jaw surgery, is a specialized corrective procedure to straighten and reposition the jaw and teeth to address dental and skeletal irregularities. The approach of your orthodontist depends on various factors, including the severity of your condition and the alignment of your jaw and teeth.


Are you nervous about getting braces or jaw surgery? Do not worry! Before any treatment, the dentist will check your teeth and make sure you understand the plan. Deciding on jaw surgery is a big deal, so we give you all the info you need to decide. Jaw surgery is usually for grown-ups after their jaws have stopped growing.

Do I Need Surgical Orthodontics?

Determining whether surgical orthodontics is right for you involves assessing your jaw development. When the upper and lower jaws grow at disparate rates, it can lead to size and function discrepancies. Corrective jaw surgery, complemented by braces or Invisalign, aims to rectify these abnormalities, resulting in an aligned bite and straight teeth for an ideal blend of form and function.

What To Expect From Jaw Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform jaw surgery under general anesthesia, which usually takes two to four days in the hospital. Surgery can be performed inside the mouth to prevent facial scars, although small incisions outside may be necessary. During the surgery, the jawbones are cut and moved into the correct position, and tiny bone plates, wires, screws, and rubber bands are used to secure the bones. Surgery can be done on the chin, upper jaw, lower jaw, or any combination.

Benefits Beyond Aesthetics

The advantages of jaw surgery extend beyond aesthetics. Besides dramatically improving facial appearance and boosting confidence, surgical orthodontics can prevent future oral health issues. Patients often experience enhanced quality of life, reduced jaw pain, and improved abilities to breathe, chew, and swallow effortlessly.

Surgical orthodontics offers a comprehensive approach to transformative care, ensuring a beautiful smile and improved oral health. Schedule your consultation today to embark on a journey toward a confident and functional smile.

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