Orthodontic treatment alone may not be enough for some patients. In some cases, patients may require surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to address underlying developmental or skeletal malalignments. Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is corrective jaw surgery used to treat skeletal issues that affect the ability to bite, chew, and speak.
Orthodontic treatment is performed both before and after surgery to ensure that the upper and lower teeth meet properly and that the individual can bite, chew, and speak more effectively. In addition to functional benefits, patients frequently report feeling more confident after surgical orthodontics because they now have the smile they have always desired.
If you are considering surgical orthodontics, contact Lanier Orthodontics today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Gass and his experienced team to learn more about whether this treatment option is right for you.
What Is Surgical Orthodontics?
Many of us associate orthodontics with metal braces and adolescent angst. Orthodontics, on the other hand, is an important branch of dentistry that can improve both the function and appearance of teeth. Surgical orthodontics is a subspecialty of orthodontics that focuses on correcting patients’ bites surgically.
When Is Surgical Orthodontics Needed?
This procedure is frequently used to treat patients who have severe crowding, jaw misalignment, or other complex dental problems. While it may appear to be an intimidating prospect, surgical orthodontics can be an effective way to improve dental health and achieve a beautiful smile. Don’t be afraid to inquire about surgical orthodontics with Dr. Gass today.
Which Comes First – Surgery Or Orthodontic Treatment?
The short answer to this question is that it depends on the situation. In some cases, surgery may be needed before orthodontic treatment can start. In other cases, orthodontic treatment may be able to start without surgery. Dr. Gass is the best person to talk to about which comes first. He will be able to look at your situation and develop a treatment plan that will help you.
But generally, there are a few things to consider when choosing between surgery and braces. First, surgery is usually more expensive and dangerous than orthodontics. Second, if there are serious problems with the bones that need to be fixed, surgery may be needed. Lastly, surgery is sometimes used to help orthodontic treatment work better. Again, a free consultation is the best way to determine the best choice for you and your situation.