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. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. Your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that if you need surgical orthodontics you receive the best care possible.
The growth of a person’s jaw is a steady process, and sometimes the growth of the upper and lower jaw can occur at different rates, causing a discrepancy in size and function.If necessary, corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects these abnormalities. Orthodontic treatment may also be used in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery to align the teeth appropriately. The surgical process includes moving the jaw into its proper position to restore facial balance and improve function.