At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we offer consultations with our experienced orthodontist Dr. Patel for those in need of surgical orthodontics. While many bite and teeth alignment issues can be resolved using routine orthodontic treatments, some cases may need surgical intervention to achieve the results desired. To determine whether surgical orthodontics are needed, Dr. Patel will first do a thorough exam and take the necessary x-rays to devise a comprehensive treatment plan.
What is Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics refers to surgical intervention to correct jaw misalignments or irregularities. In most cases, surgical orthodontics are only performed on adults that have completely formed jaw bones. This is usually after age 16 for females and 18 for males. Surgery can be needed when the jaw alignment causes speech, chewing or aesthetic issues that cannot be corrected through braces alone. Often the jaw bones on either the top, bottom or both need to be moved to achieve an aligned bite through oral surgery.
When surgical orthodontics are needed, the patient will usually undergo the surgery in a hospital. The extent of the surgery will depend on the type of irregularity and what needs to be altered in the jaw. Braces will be used in conjunction with the surgery to ensure proper placement and alignment of the teeth. This can mean braces both before and after the surgery to align the teeth with the new configuration of the jaw bone.
When considering undergoing treatment for surgical orthodontics, you need an experienced orthodontist to oversee your entire treatment. Dr. Patel at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry has extensive training in the field of orthodontics, along with many years of experience. To learn more about surgical orthodontic options, contact our office today for a consultation with Dr. Patel.