Surgical orthodontics (also known as “orthognathic surgery” is a type of orthodontic treatment indicated in the most severe cases that cannot be treated with braces alone. For these special patients we work closely with a specialized oral surgeon to determine the best-customized treatment plan.
When is Surgical Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?
Surgical orthodontics may be used when a patient if finished growing. For this reason, typically it is mostly indicated in adults. Usually, jaw growth is complete by age 16 in females and 18 in males. Surgical orthodontics is recommended when the jaws do not line up accurately, and a proper bite cannot be attained with braces or other appliances alone.
Will I Need Surgical Orthodontics?
During your complimentary exam, Dr. Sarpo will tell you whether or not orthognathic surgery is necessary as part of your orthodontic treatment plan. Once we complete our records, photos, and x-rays as part of the exam, we are able to accurately diagnose the severity of your case.
How Does Surgery Work?
If you require surgical orthodontics, we will provide a referral to a specialist. We will coordinate appointments for the best of care. Our team is here to answer all of your questions! The surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on your individual case. The surgeon and team will answer all of your questions regarding the procedure, recovery, and risks.
To find out whether or not you are a candidate for surgical orthodontics, contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sarpo!