When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

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When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

As part of your treatment plan, your orthodontist may recommend surgical orthodontics if you are an adult whose bite problem cannot be completely fixed through less invasive means.


What is surgical orthodontics?

At Guildford Orthodontics, we perform orthodontic surgery to fix jaw irregularities and improve patient’s ability to eat, breathe and speak. Jaw surgery can also provide an improved facial aesthetic.

Jaw surgery is usually done in conjunction with other orthodontic treatment, such as braces.

Why is orthodontic surgery necessary?

Orthodontic surgery is only possible after the patient’s jaw is completely finished growing. For this reason, it is typically only performed on adults, or teenagers whose jaw bones are fully developed.

At what point in my treatment will I have surgery?

If orthodontic surgery is part of your orthodontic treatment plan, your surgery will take place during the time you're wearing braces.

As your braces treatment progresses, you may find that your bite seems to be getting worse rather than better. The surgery will remedy  this, so don’t be alarmed!

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

Find out more about what to expect during orthodontic surgery here, or get in touch with Guildford Orthodontics today if you have any additional questions!

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