Orthodontics and Jaw Surgery
Surgical orthodontics or orthognathic surgery, is a combination of orthodontics and jaw surgery to correct dental and skeletal deformities in adult patients (TMJ). 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.
Dr. Farhad Moshiri has pioneered the development of surgical analyses and treatment planning modalities in this group of patients. He has been sharing his expertise in this area with graduate residents around the country for over 30 years.
How will I know if I need jaw surgery?
Drs. Moshiri can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaws, you may or may not need surgery.
How does orthognathic surgery happen?
Braces are generally placed initially for a period of 8-12 months to being aligning the teeth. When you are then ready for the procedure, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will once again “fine-tune” your bite, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer for one year full time, and then to bed lifetime, to help maintain your new smile.
We are happy to answer any remaining questions you may have, and provide you with additional information. Please contact our office for an initial examination to find out more about your specific treatment options. Below are some informational videos regarding jaw surgery.