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When are Surgical Orthodontics Needed? Milton, GA
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Orthodontics involves more than just straightening your teeth for better aesthetics. A primary goal of orthodontics is to properly align your bite so that your jaw functions correctly and your teeth don’t suffer undue stress and damage over time. While braces or other orthodontic appliances can correct most types of malocclusion, some patients need a more aggressive form of treatment using surgical orthodontics.

What are surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is designed to fix jaw irregularities in order to improve your ability to eat, speak, and even breathe! In addition, correcting jaw misalignment can improve your facial appearance as well. Unfortunately, orthognathic surgery involves a surgical procedure as well as time in braces – this ensures your teeth stay in proper position as the jaw is moved or corrected. Braces may be worn for a period of time before and after your surgery.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontic treatment is reserved for adults whose jaw development is complete (typically around age 16 for girls and 18 for boys). Your orthodontist will determine if your improper bites and facial aesthetic concerns warrant orthodontic surgery.  Often, braces are worn as a pre-surgical means of tooth movement and this can be initiated as the jaw is completing growth.

How Does It Help?

Orthognathic surgery is a major procedure that can require a two-week recovery period. However, if it is suggested, it is because braces alone would not be able to correct your malocclusion and poor jaw positioning. At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we can give patients optimal oral health by creating an ideal relationship between their teeth and jaws. In some cases, breathing disorders and sleep apnea can be prevented with surgical orthodontics. To learn more about our experience in advanced orthodontics for teens and adults, please call our office today.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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