Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion.

The development of orthodontic problems is often the result of unfavorable jaw development. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions the misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that the teeth meet correctly and function properly. This surgery is performed by a qualified Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Singer will make an appropriate referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that if you need surgical orthodontics, you receive the best care possible.

Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and orthodontic braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper position.