Jaw surgery is an important component of orthodontic treatment for those patients with a significant jaw alignment problem, seeking significant changes to their bite, smile, and facial profile.
Jaw surgery also termed Orthognathic Surgery, requires combined Orthodontic treatment with jaw surgery performed by an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Orthodontic treatment usually comes before orthognathic surgery. The purpose is to align teeth so that they fit correctly after surgery is performed. Orthodontic treatment continues for a time after surgery to bring teeth into their final, optimal positions for good function.
The Broadbeach Orthodontics team will walk you through this collaborative process. Pre Surgical Orthodontics traditionally this involves 12 – 15 months of orthodontic treatment preparation. Teeth are moved to their ideal positions relative to the bones they are in. During this process, the discrepancy between the jaws actually gets more significant. It is important to emphasise that for this reason, it is very important to commit to the process and follow through with it. In some instances, Dr Amesha together with your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will discuss surgery first options with you.
Our Advice when in orthodontic treatment
Here’s a few tips to help you get the most out of your orthodontic treatment:
- Keep your scheduled appointments
- Wear your elastic bands when prescribed
- Advise your orthodontist of any problems that may pop up between appointments
- Watch what you eat and drink, avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Brush and floss as instructed by your orthodontist
We promise it’s worth the effort to reach the goal you and your orthodontist share – giving you a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.