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Orthognathics

Complex orthodontic cases may require the use of surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, to deliver the desired orthodontic outcome.

Will I need orthognathics?

Orthognathic surgery may be recommended where the discrepancy between the jaws is so material that orthodontic treatment needs to be combined with surgery to deliver the optimal facial profile. It may also be necessary to resolve difficulties with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities.

This approach is more commonly required for adult patients where there is no adolescent growth and development left to guide movement of the bone and jaw. Sometimes orthognathics may also be required for an adolescent to achieve the optimal orthodontic outcome.

Dr. Siva will advise you if orthognathic surgery is required as part of your orthodontic treatment plan. Depending on the complexity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery.

Our approach to orthognathics

Dr Siva has completed extensive training in treating patients with dentofacial deformities, and who required coordinated care between multiple specialist dental and medical providers.

Dr Siva works exclusively with a leading Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to ensure to ensure you receive the best outcome possible.

Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we can demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits you may achieve by undergoing orthognathic surgery. Computerised treatment planning minimises treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routine soon after the surgery.

What’s involved in orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is performed in a hospital by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each individual case. Since orthognathic surgery is a major medical procedure, we recommend you schedule some time away from work and school during the recovery period. After your jaw has healed, your braces will remain in place for between 6 to 12 months so we can “fine-tune” your bite. After your braces are removed, you will wear retainers to help maintain your new smile.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with having orthognathic surgery. However, orthognathics has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals around the world. If you’re concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information you need.

Benefits of orthognathic surgery

For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and may leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.

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"Complex cases may require surgery to achieve optimal facial harmony."