Surgical orthodontics in Pasadena is also referred to as orthognathic surgery. This type of orthodontics is performed to fix severe conditions such as malocclusion, bad bites, and abnormalities of the jaw bone. Maxillofacial and oral surgery a dental specialty that focuses on correcting complex craniofacial issues involving the jaw, mouth, face, and skull. For patients who need orthognathic surgery, our Pasadena orthodontist will consult with a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome.
Orthognathic surgery may be necessary to correct bad bites or to improve the smile aesthetic in adult patients. Jaw growth typically ends by 16 years of age in young women and age 18 in men. Surgical orthodontics in Pasadena is only an option after the jaw is completely grown. In Pasadena, surgical orthodontics is an effective treatment when the upper and lower jaws don’t line up adequately, and a bite correction cannot be achieved with braces alone. Orthognathic surgery in Pasadena will help align the jaw properly, and dental braces gradually shift teeth into the desired position.
An oral and maxillofacial specialist will perform your jaw correction surgery and the procedure in a hospital. Depending on your unique case, the procedure may take several hours to complete. After surgery, expect about two weeks of downtime. Since orthognathic surgery is a serious invasive treatment, we recommend that you arrange time off from work or school to heal. Once healing of the jaw is complete, your Pasadena orthodontist will put some finishing touches to your bite. In most cases, brackets are taken off within nine to 12 months after jaw correction surgery. Once your dental braces are removed you will wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from regressing. It is important to wear your retainer as your orthodontist directs to maintain your newly straightened smile.
For many Xmile Orthodontics patients, the biggest benefit of having surgical orthodontics is achieving a straight, healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. If you need to correct a bad bite, jaw abnormality, or malocclusion, surgical orthodontics in Pasadena can help boost your confidence and restore your smile.