Some orthodontic problems are related to tooth position and can be corrected easily with braces. Other orthodontic problems may be due to the position of the jaws, thereby influencing the fit and function of the teeth. If orthodontic treatment alone will not correct all the problems because they involve a jaw relationship problem, we may discuss a surgical treatment option.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist who will assist in planning the care. Braces are used to place the teeth in the ideal position relative to the jawbone. Then the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will complete the surgery using titanium plates and miniature screws to provide a predictable surgical result. The use of plates and screws (rigid fixation) provides stability and reduces the post-surgical recovery time.
Orthodontic treatment will be completed as quickly after surgery as possible. The post-surgical orthodontics treatment time depends on the type of jaw movement needed. Once the braces are removed, the patient will receive retainers to maintain the tooth position.