Orthognathic surgery (we know, it’s a mouthful) is the technical term for corrective jaw surgery. Surgical orthodontics combines orthodontic jaw surgery with orthodontic treatment, usually braces or Invisalign, to help adult patients with severe bite problems achieve durable, stable, dramatic results. The primary goal of the treatment is to fix functional issues, however, it also leads to a gorgeous smile!
Why Jaw Surgery?
When patients have abnormalities of the facial bones, particularly the jaws and the teeth, it can create difficulties with chewing, talking, sleeping, breathing and other daily activities many of us take for granted. Sometimes, early intervention can correct the issues before they become full-fledged problems. For adult patients, in certain cases, corrective jaw surgery is the only answer. When used in conjunction with braces or Invisalign, we can correct these abnormalities, align the bite, straighten the teeth and even improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
Palo Alto Orthodontics believes in harnessing the power of technology to ensure treatment runs smoothly, safely and effectively. Here are a few ways we’ve taken orthognathic surgery to the next level so patients can get back to living their life sooner:
- We’ve invested in digital imaging technology to visually illustrate the functional and aesthetic benefits of jaw surgery.
- We rely on computerized treatment planning to decrease treatment times, optimize results and shorten recovery periods.
- State-of-the-art materials including titanium plates and miniature screws ensure the jaw is stable and strong and also add to the predictability of treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?
The only way to know if surgical orthodontics will work for you, is to book a free consultation with us so we can evaluate your bite and the severity of your case. Since orthodontics has come so far, many times, orthodontic treatment alone can do the trick and we can avoid jaw surgery. However, we’ll chat with you about your options at your initial visit so you can make an informed decision.