Sometimes when patients come in for orthodontic treatment, we notice they have significant facial imbalance and a severe malocclusion (a misalignment between the sets of teeth), for example, a severe underbite and related recessive lower jaw.
For orthodontic treatment to achieve the best results, a combination of jaw surgery and orthodontic procedures are needed. This means orthognathic (jaw) surgery may be required in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to enable correction of both the facial imbalance and the incorrect bite.
What is surgical orthodontics?
Surgical Orthodontics is a combination approach, which involves both a phase of orthodontic treatment (braces/lingual braces/Invisalign aligners) and jaw surgery to correct both the bite and facial imbalance.
This combination approach enables the correction of the position of the upper and/or lower jaw bones, and improvement of the alignment of the teeth. In some cases, this combined approach not only improves facial balance and aesthetics but also can improve speech and breathing concerns.
The time frame for surgical orthodontics can vary from 12 months to 30 months depending on the individual case.
When will surgical orthodontic treatment be necessary?
Surgical Orthodontics is necessary when orthodontic treatment alone is not sufficient enough to correct severe alignment and upper/lower jaw relationship problems. In some cases, surgery may be necessary at the start of treatment to enable certain orthodontic movements to occur.
Surgical Orthodontics at South Yarra Orthodontics
When you come into South Yarra Orthodontics, we will be able to assess whether a combined orthodontic/jaw surgery treatment plan is appropriate for you.
If you are a suitable candidate for surgical orthodontics, Dr Theresia Sudjalim will work closely with a trusted Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to formulate a combined orthodontic-surgical treatment plan for you.
Surgical Orthodontics Melbourne
If you have any questions or want to discuss surgical orthodontics in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team at South Yarra Orthodontics.