Orthodontics is a dynamic field that goes beyond aligning teeth for cosmetic purposes. In cases where more complex issues affect the jaw and facial structure, surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, emerges as a transformative solution.
This specialized approach combines orthodontic treatment with surgical intervention to achieve a beautifully aligned smile and improved functionality and facial harmony. At Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics, we typically recommend surgical orthodontics to address severe skeletal and dental irregularities that cannot be solely corrected through orthodontic treatment.
The Orthodontic Surgery Process
The process begins with a thorough examination, including X-rays, scans, and photographs. This helps the orthodontist and surgeon accurately diagnose the issues and plan the treatment. Before surgery, the patient wears braces or aligners to align the teeth as much as possible. This sets the stage for optimal surgical results.
Our orthodontist in Pensacola, FL, plans the surgical procedure using advanced imaging technology and 3D models. The aim is to achieve facial balance, proper bite, and optimal aesthetics. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The orthodontist repositions the jaws according to the pre-planned adjustments. Tiny screws, plates, or wires may be used to stabilize the bones. Following the surgery, the patient continues with orthodontic treatment to fine-tune the bite and ensure teeth are ideally aligned within the new jaw position.
The Benefits of Surgical Orthodontics
Corrects Severe Malocclusions
Surgical orthodontics in Pensacola, FL, is particularly effective in treating severe misaligned bites, such as deep overbites, underbites, and crossbites. The bite can be appropriately aligned by repositioning the jaws, improving oral function and aesthetics.
Enhances Facial Aesthetics
In cases where jaw misalignments contribute to facial asymmetry or imbalance, surgical orthodontics can significantly improve facial aesthetics. By achieving better facial harmony, patients often experience enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.
Improves Oral Function
Jaw misalignments can lead to chewing, speaking, and even breathing difficulties. Surgical orthodontics aims to correct these functional issues, improving speech clarity, chewing efficiency, and oral function.
Surgical orthodontics can be life-changing for individuals who have struggled with significant dental and facial irregularities. The transformation in appearance and function often results in increased self-confidence and an improved quality of life.
Prevents Dental Complications
Severe malocclusions can lead to dental problems such as excessive tooth wear, uneven tooth pressure, and increased risk of cavities. Addressing these issues through surgical orthodontics can reduce the risk of complications.
Reduces TMJ Discomfort
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can result from jaw misalignments. Surgical orthodontics can help alleviate TMJ discomfort by properly aligning the jaws and reducing joint strain.
Surgical orthodontics represents the pinnacle of orthodontic care for individuals with complex jaw and facial irregularities. If you or a loved one are struggling with severe malocclusions or jaw discrepancies, visit Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics at 4857 N 9th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503, or call (850) 477-2180 to explore the potential of surgical orthodontics.