Orthodontics for Jaw Surgery
Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontics is a safe and effective way to treat many dental issues. However, some issues cannot be fully treated with orthodontics alone. In some cases, Dr. Stevens will recommend that you or your child undergo surgical orthodontic treatment, also known as orthognathic surgery or dentofacial surgery.
At Braces Omaha, we will outline the details of your treatment plan and let you know what to expect throughout the course of your orthodontic journey. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, contact our office in Omaha, NE, today.
Orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, involves an oral surgeon surgically repositioning the jaws. This treatment is highly beneficial to patients with skeletal problems that negatively affect the ability to bite, chew, speak, or breathe. If corrective jaw surgery is necessary, orthodontics play a role before and after the surgical procedure to ensure the teeth meet properly. Orthognathic surgery can also improve facial appearances by improving the harmony of facial features.
The appropriate age for jaw surgery is after the jaw is fully developed, which is between ages 14–16 in girls and 17–21 in boys. Orthognathic surgery is not recommended for young children. When you visit Braces Omaha, we will take 3D scans of your or your child’s face and mouth. If jaw surgery is recommended, we will discuss what this means and talk about the next steps for treatment.
Orthodontics Before Jaw Surgery
Before undergoing jaw surgery, Dr. Stevens will use orthodontics to prepare the teeth and mouth. This typically involves using braces to reposition the teeth so that they fit correctly after surgery is performed. When it is time for your surgical procedure, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform the procedure in hospital or operating suite. You can expect to remain in the hospital for a few days, as this is a complex surgical procedure.
Orthodontics After Jaw Surgery
After orthognathic surgery, you enter the second phase of orthodontic treatment. This can last between several months to over a year. Jaw surgery will correctly position your jaws, but it does not correctly position your teeth. That’s where braces step in to finish aligning your teeth now that your jaws are in proper alignment.
Orthodontics for Jaw Surgery in Omaha, NE
Dr. Clarke Stevens was the co-founder of University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dento-Facial Program, focusing on patients requiring a combination of orthodontics and surgery. He is a board-certified orthodontist with years of experience managing a variety of dentofacial conditions and treating patients with many orthodontic needs. He has been providing orthodontic care for patients of all ages in Omaha for many years and is highly skilled in his profession. When you come to Braces Omaha, you can have peace of mind knowing that you and your family are in excellent hands.
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