Surgical orthodontics is a branch of orthodontic practice that uses surgical intervention to address severe orthodontic problems in the jaw. Because your teeth are anchored in your jawbone, these procedures also affect alignment, and braces are used to create optimal alignment and bite once the surgery is complete.
Some issues that can be addressed through surgical orthodontics include:
No two individuals share the same set of orthodontic needs. That’s why Dr. Abar creates a customized treatment plan centered on your specific needs and goals.
Because your treatment plan is unique, there is no way to predict the timing of your treatment elements until you come in for a diagnostic evaluation. However, it’s common for braces to begin 9-12 months before surgery and then remain in place for another 6-9 months after your procedure is complete.
Your surgery will most likely occur in the hospital and may take several hours, depending on your needs. Recovery is relatively swift, and you should be able to return to work or school in a couple of weeks.
Orthodontic surgery is not performed on children younger than 16-18 years old. Before that age, your bones are still growing and your jaw will not fully develop.
There are other considerations that factor into how effective surgery might be for your specific needs. Healthy adults will usually tolerate orthodontic surgery better than those who are living with chronic disease. If you have a serious medical condition, Dr. Abar may ask you to wait until your condition is better managed before attempting surgery.
It’s also important that you go into the surgical process with reasonable expectations about the outcome. Dr. Abar works with you to develop a clear concept of what surgery can and cannot do for you. Having that understanding empowers you to make a fully informed decision about your dental and overall health.
If you’re curious about how orthodontic surgery can help you, book a consultation with Dr. Abar today, either online or by phone.