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Surgical Orthodontics in Oak Ridge, NC

When you think of orthodontics, you probably think only of braces. While braces are commonly used to straighten teeth, they're not the only orthodontic treatment used to do so. At Olmsted Orthodontics, we offer a wide array of procedures, including surgical orthodontics in Oak Ridge, NC, to correct many jaw and facial problems properly.

About Orthodontic Surgery 

Many individuals think that orthodontic care is only used to straighten misaligned teeth. This is not necessarily the case. An orthodontic specialist receives specialized training to diagnose, prevent, and correct incorrectly positioned jaws and teeth using orthodontic surgery and other measures.

Orthodontic surgery, also known as surgical orthodontics or orthognathic surgery, has one primary function—to reposition a misaligned jaw. It is commonly prescribed to align a misaligned jaw, which can affect your bite, smile, and appearance negatively. It's also used to correct jaw-related problems after a patient's braces are removed.

How Orthognathic Surgery Works

Put simply, these procedures can take several hours, depending on the severity of the problem and the procedure that was performed. Unlike our traditional treatments, orthodontic surgery is completed in a hospital setting, using only the highest quality surgical techniques and equipment available today.

To correct issues affecting the lower jaw, we first separate the jawbone behind the teeth. This gives us the ability to move the jaw forward or backward as needed. Correcting upper jawbone issues, on the other hand, involves lowering, raising, positioning the jaw forward or backward, or a combination of these movements. Some orthognathic surgery involves the removal of jawbones to provide better support and movement.

Surgical Orthodontics in Oak Ridge, NC

The Benefits of Orthodontic Surgery

To prevent complications, orthognathic surgery should only be performed on patients who are not growing. The jawbone of a child or adolescent isn't fully developed. For this reason, we only recommend orthodontic surgery for patients who have finished growing, which means girls 16 years of age and older and boys 18 years of age and older. Pre-surgery tooth movement can be done using braces one to two years before surgical orthodontics.

Schedule your appointment at our office if you think you or your teen needs orthodontic surgery. We will walk you through the treatment and the processes involved, as well as help you determine if the surgery is necessary. In some instances, braces are all that is necessary to correct misalignments without the need for surgery.

Contact us to determine if you need orthodontic surgery to correct a jaw problem. We proudly serve patients of all ages throughout Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Browns Summit, Colfax, and Kernersville, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.