Jaw Surgery – Orthognathic Treatment
Do I need it?
This will depend on the extent of your problems.Those patients who have more severe skeletal and dental problems such as a jaw size discrepancy either horizontally, vertically or both, can benefit from a combined approach of both orthodontic treatment and surgery. This is called orthognathic surgery, and the results can be amazing and life changing. It is only suitable for a few patients and can be done with both conventional braces and lingual braces.
Important facts and questions
How will I look after the operation?
You will almost certainly look different to some degree. This difference usually depends on how much movement of the jaws is required and whether one or both jaws have been surgically repositioned. You should discuss this with your team.
How long will the overall treatment take?
It usually takes 12 – 36 months but will vary according to how severe your case is. Failed and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will add to the overall treatment time.
How often will I need an appointment? You will need frequent and regular appointments with the orthodontist during treatment for the brace to be adjusted. These intervals are usually 4-8 weeks depending on the progress of your treatment.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
Yes. It will be important you still have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will not be checking your teeth for decay.
If you have any further questions that you feel you would like to ask, then please write them down and bring them with you to your next appointment. It is important you fully understand what is involved in having orthodontic treatment before you decide to go ahead.
At 128 Harley street dental suite, we give you enough time to think about it before committing to this treatment. The appointments will also be scheduled to accommodate your activities and commitments.
Will I definitely need braces?
Any jaw surgery is usually preceded by braces on both the top and lower jaw. The braces will position the teeth in an ideal position to obtain an ideal bite following the jaw surgery procedure.
The braces remain on the teeth during and after the surgery as these will help “fine-tune” your bite. They will be removed once the top teeth are in a good position and meeting well with the bottom teeth.
Once the braces are removed you will be provided with retainers to maintain the position of the teeth.
Upper and Lower Jaw Surgery