Preparation for Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include malaligned jaws, skeletal abnormalities, and malocclusions. Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns If you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. Roehm and Dr. Stigall will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
Why would orthognathic surgery be necessary?
Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and orthodontic braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper position.
Combined Orthodontic-Orthognathic Surgical treament
Pre-surgical orthodontic treatment is necessary prior to having surgery to position the teeth in the most ideal position in the arches. Following initial alignment, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital or a surgical center. The jaw position is adjusted and repositioned to an ideal bite relationship. Following a healing period, Dr. Roehm and Dr. Stigall will finalize your bite. Typically, most braces are removed within six to twelve months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a splint/mouthguard type retainer to help maintain your smile and protect your TMJs.
Contact Midwest Orthodontic Associates today
Allow Dr. Roehm and Dr. Stigall, at Midwest Orthodontic Associates to determine whether orthognathic surgery is necessary for you. Whether you’re in Peoria, Dunlap, East Peoria, Metamora or Washington, contact our office online today for a free consultation or call at 309-691-9665.