Your orthodontist may recommend surgical orthodontics if you are an adult whose bite problem cannot be fixed through less invasive means.
What is surgical orthodontics?
At Coquitlam Family Orthodontics, our orthodontists perform orthodontic surgery to repair jaw irregularities and improve patients' ability to eat, breathe and speak. Jaw surgery can also result in an improved facial aesthetic.
Jaw surgery is performed as part of a long-term orthodontic treatment plan, which will often include braces or clear aligners.
Why is orthodontic surgery necessary?
Orthodontic surgery is possible only once the patient’s jaw is completely finished growing. For this reason, it is most often performed on adults, or sometimes on teenagers whose jaw bones are fully developed.
At what point in my treatment will I have surgery?
Your surgery will take place during the time you're wearing braces. As your braces treatment goes on, you may find that your bite seems to worsen after a point, rather than improving. The surgery part of your treatment plan will remedy this, so don’t be alarmed!
Your braces will be removed in about 6-12 months after your surgery.