What is surgical orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics is a surgical intervention used prior to orthodontic therapy. Surgical orthodontics can be used to correct skeletal discrepancies that cannot otherwise be addressed with traditional orthodontic appliances. The aim of surgical orthodontics is to create a new and improved facial profile, while also improving the patient’s bite. The procedure involves making small incisions in the jawbone to reposition the teeth, as determined by the orthodontist. Following surgery, braces and other orthodontic appliances are used to further realign the teeth and create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
What are the benefits of surgical orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics can be a great option for those who need more complex orthodontic treatment, as it can reduce the duration of treatment, in addition to improving the patient’s facial symmetry and bite. The procedure is safe and relatively low-risk, making it an attractive option for those needing more dramatic changes to their smile.
How can I find out more information about surgical orthodontics?
Patients should discuss surgical orthodontics with their orthodontist and understand the potential risks and benefits before undergoing the procedure. With proper care and maintenance, surgical orthodontics can provide patients with an improved smile and greater confidence in their appearance.
If you are interested in learning more about surgical orthodontics, contact our office.
In addition to a beautiful new smile, what are some other benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Braces can improve function of the bite and teeth, improve ability to clean the teeth, prevent wear on the teeth, and increase the longevity of natural teeth over a lifetime.
If a child has treatment early, will this prevent the need for braces as an adolescent?
Early treatment can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. Because all of the permanent teeth have not yet erupted when early treatment is performed, their final alignment may not have been corrected. Typically, a shortened comprehensive phase of treatment (Phase II – full braces) in the teen years, after all the permanent teeth have erupted, completes the correction. However, in some circumstances, further orthodontic treatment may not be indicated.
Do we still need to see our family dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Patients with braces and other orthodontic appliances require more effort to keep their teeth and gums clean. Because we want to insure the highest level of dental health, we recommend you see your family dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings every 6 months during treatment.