We use surgical orthodontics at Overlake Orthodontics to treat severe cases of misaligned bites, jaw bone abnormalities, or tooth misalignment. Our Bellevue, WA, team is trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery and keep your comfort as a top priority throughout your procedure.
If we determine that you need surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, we will walk you through the procedure and make sure you have everything you need to be comfortable throughout. Through orthognathic surgery, we can help you achieve peak oral health and function.
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery, or surgical orthodontics, falls under the umbrella of oral and maxillofacial surgery, which means it is concerned with the look and function of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. This specific type of surgery is performed when an adult patient has a severely misaligned bite. The aim of orthognathic surgery is to properly align the jaw prior to the use of braces, which will move the teeth.
Orthognathic surgery can only be performed on a jaw bone that is developing. So we do not recommend this procedure for teens under 16 for females and 18 for males.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
When it’s time for your procedure, you can feel confident in the team we assemble for you. Our number one goal is your oral health, followed closely by your comfort and safety during the surgery.
Your surgery will take place in a hospital, performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Depending on your case, the surgery may last a few hours. During this time, the team will closely monitor your health and comfort as the surgeon works.
After the surgery, you will need to rest for at least two weeks to ensure that your jaw heals properly. Once healing is complete, we will reassess your orthodontic needs and develop a treatment plan to “fine tune” your bite, shift any teeth that are in incorrect positions, and adjust any spacing (gaps or crowding). You will need to wear braces for six to 12 months following your surgery and use a retained one once your braces treatment is complete.
Benefits & Risks Of Orthognathic Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits to orthognathic surgery. If we believe that this is a procedure you may need, we will go over these risks and benefits in detail to make sure it’s the right option for you.
The end goal of orthognathic surgery is a beautiful, healthy smile. For most patients, the results of the procedure outweigh the concerns they may have.
Our trained team will oversee the entire procedure to ensure your safety and comfort throughout. If you have concerns about your procedure, don’t hesitate to call our office with your questions or concerns.
Our number one priority in all we do is the comfort of our patients. If you’ve been told you need orthognathic surgery, or you think you might be a good candidate for the procedure, call Overlake Orthodontics. Our team will talk you through the entire process and make sure you feel comfortable and confident with the experience.