Orthodontics and Surgery

The combination of Orthodontics and Oral Surgery in Dentistry is usually referred as Orthognathic Surgery, or surgical orthodontics.  This treatment is  reserved for more severe cases which include jaw bone discrepancies and bad bites. When this happens, Dr Garcia works with an Oral Surgeon familiar with orthodontics to design the create a treatment plan that works best for the individual patient.

Orthodontic treatment with appliances normally lasts for a period of 24 months.

  • The first 12-18 months are devoted to leveling and aligning the teeth in preparation for surgery.
  • After the teeth are aligned properly, then the patient undergoes surgery with braces still on the teeth for jaw realignment.
  • After the jaws are aligned during the surgery, the orthodontic treatment continues for another 6 months to fine tune the teeth to the new jaw position.

When is Orthodontics and Surgery necessary?

This combination of orthodontics and oral surgery is usually presented when the use of orthodontics alone would not correct the underlying problems. Since jaw growth usually ends at around age 16 in females and 18 in males, orthognathic surgery is almost always performed after these ages. Surgery is usually necessary when jaws simply do not line up correctly and the right bite does not occur with orthodontic treatment by itself.

Who needs orthognathic surgery?

The only way to know for sure whether you need orthognathic surgery is to have a consultation with an orthodontist. Surgery is needed on a case-by-case basis. To discover whether or not orthognathic surgery is necessary a thorough evaluation should be performed with impressions, Xrays and pictures, these are also known as “Orthodontic Records”. this will allow both the Orthodontist and the Oral Surgeon to evaluate and design the treatment plan.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

Surgery takes place in a hospital setting and can take up to two hours per jaw also depending depending on the patient. After surgery, patients often require a rest period of of a few days and soft diet. After approximately two weeks the swelling will be gone.  Each patient is different.  Dr Garcia will explain in detail what to expect.

Does orthognathic surgery come with any risks?

Just like any major medical surgery, there can be risks involved. Since orthognathic surgery is not a new procedure, the years of perfecting and practice in hospitals has significantly lessened such risks. Those concerned about a prospective procedure should contact us. We are more than happy to answer your questions and ease your mind. Orthognathic surgery can be a great way to achieve a better, healthier smile.

Benefits of orthodontics and surgery?

At Garcia Orthodontics we don’t just straighten teeth, we treat faces and in this way all 3 dimensions of the face including the teeth and jaws are incorporated into the treatment plan. The end result is a harmonious smile consistent with an ideal position of the upper and lower jaws in relation to the face. This is the new paradigm in orthodontics with the help of maxillofacial surgery and three-dimensional analysis of all tissues.