Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics is also known as orthognathic surgery or jaw surgery. There are a number of reasons why jaw surgery would be required before or during orthodontic treatment. There are several skeletal and dental abnormalities that can contribute to the misalignment of the jaws and teeth. During surgery, the jaws will be cut, properly aligned, and then fastened in place with plates and screws. You can receive jaw surgery on the upper jawbone, the lower jawbone, or both at once.

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Benefits of Orthodontic Surgery

Benefits of orthodontic surgery don’t just include the way your smile looks. Below are a few other benefits:

  • Helps with sleep apnea
  • Makes it easier to bite and chew food
  • Can make it easier to speak
  • Restores symmetry to the face
  • Reduces the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)