If straightening teeth quickly is a priority, consider surgical orthodontics. This can be an excellent augment to your treatment plan and help solve some of your problems faster than wearing braces or aligners alone. When you visit our office for a consultation, we will go over your options with you and let you know if and how surgical orthodontics can aid in your overall treatment plan. In most cases, we will look for the least invasive solution first. If your teeth can be straightened using traditional braces or aligners and the results can be achieved quickly, there will be no need for surgical intervention.
Different Treatment Methods for Each Situation
However, there are certain instances where teeth simply do not respond as they should to orthodontic treatment or the jawbone is so misaligned that it simply does not make sense to prolong the treatment for years to solve these issues without surgery. We will let you know what the likelihood of this is after we have conducted a thorough examination, observed how your bite comes together, and have taken X-rays.
At this point, we will begin to prepare a proposal for your review, which will include all your treatment options. You will have the opportunity to see what your treatment path would look like if you were to undergo surgery versus if you do not.
The primary reasons people opt for surgical orthodontics are:
#1 – Time
For adults looking to finish their orthodontic treatment as soon as possible, surgery is often a wise move, and so it is something that should always be considered. This is not to say that surgery replaces your orthodontic treatment, but it can speed it along. We will let you know how much time could be saved by incorporating surgery as part of your treatment plan.
#2 – Extractions
Due to overcrowding or teeth that simply do not respond to treatment, extractions may become necessary sometime during your treatment plan. We do not always know this from the onset of the treatment, so it is something that is somewhat fluid and will be discussed as we go. However, if you need one or several extractions due to overcrowding, this is something we can discuss with you from the very beginning.
#3 – Jaw abnormalities
When the bite does not come together appropriately, a person has either an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. All three of these scenarios will make a negative impact on your personal appearance both when you smile and when your jaw is resting. Additionally, it can cause discomforts such as your jaw popping, soreness when you eat, and other symptoms of TMJ. This is bad for the health of your jaw in the long run and can cause issues with your face in general. We will address any abnormalities during your orthodontic treatment plan, and this is often assisted through surgical orthodontics.
To discuss surgical orthodontics further and how they could be of assistance to you, call and schedule a consultation with our office. We would be happy to assist you.
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