Surgical orthodontics is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a combination of braces and jaw surgery to correct cases that include severe bite issues and jaw bone abnormalities. If you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. DeCamps will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to coordinate your braces and surgery care.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or severe esthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18-21 in males. In order to undergo orthognathic surgery, growth of the jaw must be complete. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and braces will be used to move the teeth into their proper position.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. Dr. DeCamps will discuss the process with you in more detail if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct an improper bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help boost your confidence and leave you smiling for many years to come.