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When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

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When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

Jaw surgery may be part of your treatment plan if you are an adult whose bite irregularities cannot be treated through less invasive means.


What is surgical orthodontics?

Jaw surgery is performed to fix jaw irregularities that hinder a patient’s ability to eat, breathe and speak properly. It can also provide an improved facial aesthetic.

It is usually combined with more standard orthodontic treatment, such as braces, as part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan.

Why is orthodontic surgery necessary?

First of all, orthodontic surgery can only be performed once the patient's jaw is completely finished growing. It is therefore only performed on adults, or teenagers whose jaw bones are fully developed.

At what point in my treatment will surgery take place?

Your surgery will take place in conjunction with the braces portion of your plan. As your braces treatment progresses, you may notice your bite feels like it's getting worse rather than better. This will be remedied with the surgery, so don’t be alarmed!

Your braces will be removed in about 6-12 months following your surgery.

You can find out more about what to expect during orthodontic surgery here, or get in touch with our team today if you have any additional questions!