Surgical Orthodontics

TREATMENTS

What is surgical dentistry?

Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but in some cases, surgical orthodontics may be needed to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well.

Surgical orthodontics is a combined treatment by our doctors and an oral surgeon to correct jaw abnormalities. These issues are determined after reviewing the patient’s X-rays and models.

The orthodontist initially levels and aligns the teeth in the jawbone, then the oral surgeon positions the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together ideally. This procedure results in the improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe, while also delivering tremendous facial aesthetics.


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Candidates

Dr. Dischinger embraces the latest in orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for this method, however it can still be required in those with improper bites, as well as those with facial aesthetic concerns. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed (jaw growth is usually complete by 16 years for girls and 18 for boys), however it is very common to begin correcting tooth position while a patient is still growing.