There are a few telling conditions that may indicate a need for surgical orthodontics, including:
- Receding chin
- Protruding jaw
- Lips or teeth don’t meet in the front when the mouth is closed
- Facial deformities from birth or injury
- Frequent mouth-breathing
- Sleep apnea
At your first visit to our offices, we’ll determine whether surgical orthodontics is the most efficient treatment route for your case.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
Jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and typically completed in a hospital.
If we determine that orthognathic surgery is necessary, we will refer you to an experienced surgeon. The surgery may take a few hours, and generally requires a two-week recovery period post-surgery. We advise that you take time off of work or school to allow for a complete recovery!
Once your jaws have healed, Dr. Dunn or Dr. Schreiber will reassess your bite to ensure that the treatment was effective. You will typically undergo braces treatment after surgery, for the next 6 to 12 months depending on your case.
After your braces treatment, you’ll wear a custom retainer to stabilize your teeth and support them in their new positions!
Are there any risks associated with jaw surgery?
Like any major surgery, there are risks to orthognathic surgery. You can rest assured that this procedure has been performed plenty of times, and your surgeon will be highly experienced with extensive training in corrective jaw surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re here to guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have.