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What You Need To Know About Orthodontic Surgery

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
A person holding their jaw in painOrthodontic surgery is a specialized type of oral and maxillofacial surgery that is done to correct facial irregularities and severe dental issues. It is considered a last resort when all other orthodontic treatment options have failed to give adequate results. Here is what you need to know about this surgery:


Orthodontic surgery is primarily reserved for patients with severe jaw misalignment, such as open bites, crossbites, underbites, or overbites that non-surgical methods cannot rectify. If you have skeletal jaw discrepancies, then surgery helps to ensure you have a symmetrical jaw.

Evaluation and Planning

A thorough evaluation, such as taking dental and facial measurements, is necessary for the proper planning of the surgery. Imaging studies such as 3D scans and X-rays are also taken to ensure the surgery is done accurately. This surgery needs to be performed under general anesthesia to provide maximum comfort and safety.

How it Works

This type of surgery must be performed by a licensed and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. It can take several hours to complete, depending on the nature of your condition. The surgeon carefully repositions your lower and upper jaw bones to address any alignment issues. The process may involve repositioning or cutting some parts of your jawbone. The exact surgical technique incorporated will depend on your needs and the type of jaw alignment that is being addressed.

The healing process often takes a few weeks if there are no significant complications. Follow your post-op instructions carefully. Once the surgeon confirms your jaw is healed, they can prescribe clear aligners or braces to help your teeth shift in the correct position.

Long-term Benefits

Orthodontic surgery offers both aesthetic and functional benefits. It helps to improve your facial appearance, chewing, and speech and also addresses skeletal and dental issues. The results of this surgery are long-lasting and will help boost your self-confidence while offering functional benefits.

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