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Surgical Orthodontics at Canarsie Dental Office

At Canarsie Dental Office in Brooklyn, NY, we offer advanced surgical orthodontics for adults who require more than just traditional braces to achieve a healthy, aligned smile. Our expert team is equipped to handle complex cases involving jaw misalignment and severe dental discrepancies.

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What is Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a combination of jaw surgery and orthodontics. It is used to correct abnormalities in the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. This treatment is typically recommended when the jaws do not meet correctly, affecting the individual’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe effectively.

When is Surgical Orthodontics Needed?

  • Severe Malocclusion: Significant underbites, overbites, or crossbites that cannot be corrected with braces alone.
  • Facial Aesthetic Concerns: Issues that affect the overall facial profile.
  • Functional Problems: Difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing, which are often associated with jaw misalignment.

The Surgical Orthodontics Process

  1. Pre-Surgical Orthodontic Treatment: Braces are usually applied 12 to 18 months before surgery to level and align the teeth.
  2. Orthognathic Surgery: Performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, this surgery corrects the alignment of the jaw bones.
  3. Post-Surgical Orthodontic Treatment: After surgery, braces are typically worn for 6 to 12 months to fine-tune the alignment and ensure the teeth are settling into their new positions.
  4. Retention: Once the braces are removed, retainers are worn to maintain the new alignment.

Benefits of Surgical Orthodontics

  • Improved Functionality: Enhances the ability to chew, speak, and breathe.
  • Enhanced Appearance: Can dramatically improve the aesthetic appearance of the jawline and facial symmetry.
  • Long-Term Stability: Offers permanent solutions to issues that traditional braces alone cannot solve.

Why Choose Canarsie Dental Office?

Our orthodontic specialists work closely with experienced oral surgeons to plan and execute surgical orthodontic treatments. We use the latest technology to predict surgical outcomes and ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

Schedule a Consultation

If you think you may need surgical orthodontics or have been told by another dentist that you might need jaw surgery, contact Canarsie Dental Office at (718) 251-4444 for a consultation. Our team is here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have about your treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Orthodontics at Canarsie Dental Office

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, combines jaw surgery with orthodontic treatments. It’s used to correct severe cases of misalignment that involve the jaws, not just the teeth, and is usually recommended when the jaws do not align correctly.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is typically recommended for adults whose jaws have stopped growing. This usually includes individuals over the age of 18 who have significant discrepancies in jaw alignment that cannot be corrected with braces alone.

How do I know if I need surgical orthodontics?

If you have difficulty chewing, breathing, or speaking due to jaw misalignment or if you have an extreme malocclusion that cannot be fixed with orthodontics alone, you might be a candidate. A consultation with an orthodontist and possibly a maxillofacial surgeon can determine if you need this type of treatment.

What are the steps involved in surgical orthodontics?

The process typically starts with traditional braces to move the teeth into a new position that will fit correctly after surgery. Once your teeth are properly aligned, the surgical procedure will reposition your jaws. This is followed by a period of recovery and possibly additional minor adjustments with braces.

How long is the recovery from orthognathic surgery?

Recovery times can vary, but most patients can return to school or work within two weeks of surgery. Complete healing and the final settling of bones and tissues generally take about several months.

Is surgical orthodontics painful?

As with any surgical procedure, there will be some discomfort after orthognathic surgery. However, pain can be managed with medications and should decrease within a few days post-surgery.

What are the risks of surgical orthodontics?

Like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including reactions to anesthesia, infection, and bleeding. However, the surgery is generally safe when performed by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in conjunction with an orthodontist.

What results can I expect from surgical orthodontics?

The results of surgical orthodontics are significant and lasting. You can expect improved jaw function, enhanced appearance, and a better bite alignment, which can improve overall oral health and ease of eating, breathing, and speaking.

How much does surgical orthodontics cost?

The cost of surgical orthodontics varies depending on the complexity of the case and geographic location. Most insurance plans cover a portion of the cost if the surgery is deemed medically necessary. It’s best to consult with your insurance provider and our office for a detailed estimate.