Surgical Orthodontics

Whether caused by teeth erupting improperly during childhood, airway health issues, or an injury, misalignment of jaws and teeth can cause eating difficulties and result in premature wear or loss of teeth, gum problems, and bone loss.

As a result of these conditions, the face may not appear symmetrical, causing an individual to be dissatisfied with his or her appearance. Whatever the reason, teeth, and facial bones can be surgically repositioned to create a more balanced appearance and jaws that fit and work properly together. For best results, surgical treatment can be performed on adults and teens after their jaws are fully developed and growth is complete.

Are you a surgical Candidate?

Do you have problems with your teeth coming together or chewing or biting into food?

Do your lower teeth hit into the roof of your mouth while eating and cause discomfort or premature wear of the enamel on your teeth?

Do you dislike the way you look from the front or profile?

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics, more commonly known as orthognathic surgery, is usually carried out to improve jaw alignment and bite disorders. This surgery requires the teamwork of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and an orthodontist. A patient benefits from surgical orthodontics in multiple ways, including improving a patient’s speaking, chewing, and breathing capabilities and greatly improving a patient’s facial appearance.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

  • Adult patients with improper bites and facial aesthetic concerns who have reached physical maturity are candidates for orthognathic surgery.
  • Jaw growth is typically completed by age 16 in females and 18-21 in males.
  • It is essential that jaw growth be completed before orthognathic surgery is performed to maintain the result.
  • Pre-surgical tooth movements with orthodontic appliances do not require the condition of total jaw growth and can start one to two years earlier to accelerate the process.

How does surgical orthodontics work?

  • In many cases, treatment with braces may worsen the bite initially instead of correcting the alignment in preparation for surgical jaw repositioning.
  • Orthognathic surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who places the jaws into the proper alignment necessary to improve the bite. 
  • Dr. Jeannie Moody, an orthodontic specialist with many years of experience in surgical orthodontics, works hand in hand with the oral surgeon before surgery to achieve a balanced appearance, resulting in an improvement in how patients look and feel.
  • The surgery may take several hours. The time required depends on the type of surgery needed and whether one or two jaw surgeries are necessary.