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SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS

Achieving the proper position of teeth and bite is highly dependent on the relationship of the upper and lower jaws to each other.

For many patients, orthognathic (jaw) surgery is the only way to ensure proper orthodontic results. If the jaws have grown improperly then it is impossible to correctly align the teeth. Orthodontic treatment prior to surgery is required to reverse any adaptations of the teeth that have occurred as a result of the incorrect jaw relationship.  Jaw surgery then takes place to properly align the jaws to each other.  The braces are still in place for the surgery to allow elastics to be used to enable jaw healing.  No longer are patients “wired shut" in contrast to previous techniques. Typically, a week of recovery is
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RETRUDED LOWER JAW

BEFORE & AFTER SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS

necessary and approximately six weeks after surgery the patient will return for orthodontic treatment. This may be required in order to correct any minor alignment discrepancies.

RETRUDED LOWER JAW

21 Years Old   |   Unhappy with lower jaw position   |   Total Treatment time (including surgery): 26 months

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ANTERIOR OPEN BITE

19 Years Old   |   "My front teeth don't meet"  |   Total Treatment time (including surgery): 22 months

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RETRUDED LOWER JAW | MISSING TEETH

19 Years Old   |  "My chin is really far back and I am missing teeth"   |   Total Treatment time (not including placement of missing teeth): 24 months

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After orthodontic treatment, prior to placement of missing teeth