When adult patients have more severe jaw irregularities, sometimes jaw surgery, technically called orthognathic surgery, is necessary to bring the jaw into alignment and improve their ability to chew, speak and breathe. It’s often combined with orthodontic treatment to shift the teeth into their proper positions as well. In complex cases, surgical orthodontics is the best way to achieve dramatic, stable results.
When is Surgical Orthodontics Necessary?
If the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates, it can create a discrepancy in size and function. Corrective jaw surgery fixes abnormalities in the facial bones. When performed in conjunction with braces or Invisalign, the result is an aligned bite and straight teeth for the ideal combination of form and function. Dr. Buddy is an expert in surgical orthodontics and uses cutting-edge digital imaging and computerized treatment planning for maximum precision and decreased treatment times. He partners with your oral surgeon to bring about an exceptional outcome.
Am I a Candidate for Surgical Orthodontics?
Thankfully, many of the cases that would have been treated with jaw surgery in the past can now be remedied with orthodontic treatment alone. However, it will depend on how severe your jaw irregularities are. The only way to find out if you’re a candidate for surgical orthodontics in Greer or Simpsonville, SC is to schedule a free consultation at Davis Orthodontics. Dr. Buddy will examine you, take diagnostic records and let you know if orthognathic surgery should be part of your treatment plan. Surgery isn’t performed until the jaw is done growing, so the approach is reserved for adults. We’ll give you all of the information you need and even use digital imaging to illustrate the benefits of surgical orthodontics.