If you’re struggling to speak, chew, or breathe without discomfort, orthodontic surgery may be the appropriate treatment to improve the aesthetics and function of your smile. At Bayside Orthodontics in Bayside, New York, orthodontic specialists Inna Gellerman, DDS, and Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, work with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to help you achieve a beautiful, aligned smile. To find out if you can benefit from surgical orthodontic treatment, call Bayside Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.
Surgical orthodontic treatment, or orthognathic surgery, is any type of surgical procedure to correct dental or skeletal abnormalities of the teeth or jaw. Orthodontic surgery is reserved for severe cases of malocclusion, jawbone abnormalities, or bite problems.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics only recommends orthognathic surgery for adults with complex bite problems or aesthetic concerns. Orthodontists can treat orthodontic issues in younger adults with less invasive treatments, such as braces, because their jaws are still developing.
Your jaw must be fully developed prior to orthodontic surgery. Most women have fully developed jaws by the age of 16, while men’s jaws stop growing around age 18.
Orthognathic surgery may be right for you if you have one or more of the following dental concerns:
An asymmetrical facial structure can also develop as the result of a jaw or craniofacial abnormality. Surgical orthodontic treatment may help correct this imbalance for a more aesthetically pleasing, functional smile.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics coordinates with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to perform your procedure. First, your orthodontist creates your individualized treatment plan.
The team uses advanced dental technology, including digital X-rays and impressions with the iTero® digital scanner, to map out your customized treatment. During this initial phase, the team creates highly accurate models of your mouth to design a step-by-step plan that helps predict the outcome of your procedure.
Once your plan is finalized, your surgeon can perform your procedure. Every case is different, but orthognathic surgery can take several hours. After surgery, you should recover at home for about two weeks, depending on the complexity of your procedure.
It’s important for your mouth and jaw to fully heal before the team begins the next step of your plan. That can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks. When you return to Bayside Orthodontics, the team fits you for braces or another orthodontic treatment to align your teeth and bite. Finally, you must wear a custom-made retainer to maintain the health and beauty of your smile.
To learn more about surgical orthodontic treatment, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.