Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics - Sometimes referred to as Orthognathic Surgery

In the same way that orthodontics corrects misaligned teeth, surgical orthodontics (or 'Orthognathic Surgery') corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patients ability to breathe, eat and speak, and to improve facial appearances. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always a part of jaw correction. This helps ensure that teeth are properly positioned after surgery.

Who is a candidate for surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontic treatments are mostly for non-growing adult patients who have bite problems that are not desirable to treat without jaw correction and for people with concerns about facial aesthetics. For certain conditions, Orthodgnathic Surgery can be provided prior to completion of growth.

For girls, jaw growth is usually completed by age 17-19, and for boys, by 19-21.

For most of the patients, jaw growth must be finished before jaw surgery can be performed. The pre-surgical tooth movements, however, can begin a year or two prior.

The three most common reasons for surgical orthodontics are the following:

  • Correcting Anterior open bite
  • Correcting a Protruding Lower jaw
  • Correcting a Retrusive Lower jaw (commonly known as a ‘weak chin’)
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