Surgical orthodontics corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.
Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.
Surgical orthodontics is a team effort between an oral surgeon and orthodontist in solving dental and facial problems. Their combination of skills treats jaw and tooth abnormalities that could not be treated by either the orthodontist or oral surgeon alone. Four basic problems are usually corrected by surgical orthodontics. Those includes a protruding or recessed upper jaw or a protruding or recessed lower jaw. The knowledge supplied by the orthodontist is vital to the oral surgeon because of the orthodontist’s special training in determining the proper placement of teeth prior to surgery.