Surgical orthodontics may be necessary in moderate to severe skeletal malocclusions (bad bites) where orthodontic compensations like expansion and extractions are not enough to manage the occlusion. While there is risk with any type of surgery, the rewards are tremendous! You will have a better occlusion and proper function of your bite, you will look great, and feel more balanced.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Often times, the bite does not fit right, a patient’s function is compromised, and they may experience jaw pain or clicking, or may recognize that their smile or facial balance are not right. Other indications include:
- Skeletal imbalance such as a weak chin or at the other extreme, too strong of a chin
- Teeth do not meet or function well
- Significant aesthetic concerns
- Large dental restorations, broken teeth, or TMJ concerns due to the bite imbalance
Surgical Treatment at Bloom & Reddy
Drs. Reddy and Bloom work with one of the top surgeons in the Washington metropolitan area—the head of the oral surgery department at the hospital—to come up with a joint treatment plan for your case. While the surgeon will complete the in-hospital aspect of your treatment, we will be involved every step of the way to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Typically, we start with braces to align the teeth and prepare them for surgery with preliminary alignment. After your surgical consult, we’ll update our treatment plan and confirm the surgery that is to take place. Within a month of your surgery, you’ll return to our office so we can monitor your recovery. As you are able to gain a greater range of motion and comfort, we will continue with orthodontic treatment to finish and detail your smile. Braces stay on before, during, and after surgery.
Once the healing begins, you can quickly resume a normal diet and routine, you will notice how good your bite feels, how the teeth can chew properly, and be wowed by your new good looks!
If you have questions about surgical orthodontic treatment, please feel free to reach out to our Frederick, MD orthodontic office. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us.