Surgical Orthodontics

At our Maple Ridge, BC location, we use surgical orthodontics to help correct jaw irregularities, to help improve facial aesthetics and to encourage the functions of chewing, speaking and breathing.

What is surgical orthodontics?

Like orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to help improve patients' ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances.

In other words, surgical orthodontics can straighten your jaw.

Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces treatments are often performed in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery.

This helps the teeth to remain in their prescribed positions after surgery.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Orthodontists will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for patients with improper bites, and those with concerns about their facial aesthetic, but only if their faces and jaws are completely done growing.

Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys.

All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed.

However, the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.

This can be done in the form of traditional braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign, to name a few options.

Dentofacial Orthodontic Surgery, Maple Ridge, BC

How does it work?

During your orthodontic treatment, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces.

As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthodontic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.

What happens during surgery?

Surgery is performed in a hospital with an oral surgeon, and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed.

In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed.

In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.

How about recovery?

When you have completed surgery, you may be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the your recovery (often between 4-8 weeks), your orthodontist will assess your bite.

In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your treatment results.

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.