What Is Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical Orthodontics is a kind of orthodontic treatment in which the facial bones and teeth are operated on. An oral surgeon reshapes the jawbone and surrounding muscles during this operation to better align the teeth and face. This aids in the treatment of overcrowding and other disfiguring teeth disorders, as well as the function of the mouth for eating and speaking. Children comprise the majority of patients who require surgical orthodontics because their bones are softer than adults, making it simpler to manipulate them into better alignment.

Traditional orthodontics may be necessary after surgery to make fine corrections. Surgical Orthodontics, with the proper care and attention, provides a long-term remedy to facial abnormalities caused by unequal tooth arrangement.

When Might Surgical Orthodontics Be Needed?

Surgical orthodontics is a form of orthodontic treatment that is occasionally required to improve the effectiveness of orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign. In certain situations, jaws are either too small or too large to be effectively treated with standard appliances like braces and aligners. In this scenario, Dr. Liatti will coordinate with an oral surgeon, who will surgically remodel jawbones and other tissues in order to better align and space teeth. Sometimes the underlying cause is hereditary. In some instances, the upper and lower jaws grow out of proportion to one other, which can prevent the upper and lower teeth from meeting properly, making it difficult to bite, eat, or talk. Other causes include birth malformations, jaw traumas, and environmental factors.

Surgical orthodontic treatments also involve procedures in which teeth have become misaligned and require surgical intervention to be pushed back into appropriate alignment. While these procedures are usually done in conjunction with regular orthodontic treatment regimens, they may often be lifesaving when it comes to creating the ideally even smile that many patients want.

Who Performs The Oral Surgery?

Dr. Liatti collaborates with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to do surgery. The two professionals collaborate to create and carry out your treatment strategy.

What Are The Risks Associated With Surgical Orthodontics?

While orthodontic goals may be achieved without surgery, some patients prefer surgical orthodontics to get faster results or to address more challenging instances. However, there are dangers connected with any operations, including surgical orthodontics. The most serious danger with this sort of operation is infection from the surgery or soft tissue injury. Any operation includes some stress, and there is also the possibility of soft tissue injury in the form of numbness or swelling.

Finally, the hazards of anesthesia should not be overlooked; while side effects like trouble breathing or allergic responses are uncommon, they can occur. Before undergoing orthodontic surgery, patients should ensure they are well informed about the potential risks involved.