For some patient’s, surgery may be required prior to orthodontic treatment
What is surgical orthodontics
Surgical orthodontics is used where the use of orthodontic treatment will not produce the desired results.
This happens when the patient has a severe discrepancy. The aim of the surgical treatment is to manipulate the jaw to grow into the ideal position, followed by braces treatment to properly align the teeth. We work with Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Mr Timothy Wong who attends the practice to for consultations prior to orthodontic surgeries, which may be required by our patients.
Manipulating the jaw into a better position has many benefits, such increased ability to breath, speak and chew. It may also improve the facial profile.
Why surgical orthodontics may be required
Concerns over facial appearance
Inability to eat properly
Facial dysfunction and jaw discrepancies
Surgical orthodontic procedures
Class III Maxillary Advancement and Mandibular Set Back
This surgery is used to correct class III malocclusions by advancing the maxilla (upper jaw) forwards, while setting the mandibular (lower jaw) back. This helps to improve the bite and prepare the patient for braces.
Chin Advancement (Genioplasty)
This surgery improves the position of the upper and lower jaws relative to one another. The idea is to reshape the shin to improve the patient’s facial harmony and profile.
Maxillary Impaction (gummy smile & openbites)
Jaw surgery to reduce a gummy smile. This is done by reducing the amount of maxilla (upper jaw) density, which shifts the jaw upwards.
The maxillary impactions can also be used to correct openbites when the upper jaw did not grow properly, where the front teeth cannot meet up properly.
Surgically Assisted Maxillary Expansion (S.A.M.E)
An expander is used, alongside surgery to increase the size of the upper jaw. The surgery is required for adults as their jaws are no longer growing.
Class II Mandibular Advancement Surgery
This jaw surgery improves the positions of the upper and lower jaws relative to one another. Orthodontic treatment is usually coupled to give the patient a correct bite and improve the facial profile.
For more information regarding the surgical treatments, please contact our team at HiTech Ortho.
The process for surgical orthodontic treatment
The process begins with your initial consultation at HiTech Ortho. During this appointment your palate, jaws and mouth will be photographed by detailed radiographs, photographs and models of the jaw.
Surgical orthodontics requires a lot of planning, collaboration and assessment.
The gathered information will be used to decide whether you require surgical treatment. Our team will provide you with all the information regarding surgical orthodontics, including:
Advantages and disadvantages of the options
Meet your maxillofacial surgeon
The next step is to meet Dr Timothy Wong, our maxillofacial surgeon. He will discuss the treatment with you, including the process, aims, risks and benefits.
Dr Timothy Wong will discuss the final aspects regarding your surgery and answer any of your last questions.
Our surgical procedures are carried out in a hospital environment under strict sterile protocols.
Post-surgery orthodontic treatment
After you have had your maxillofacial surgery and have fully recovered after about 6 to 12 weeks, you will be ready to begin orthodontic treatment.
The orthodontic braces will be used to finish aligning and straightening your teeth.
How long will the entire treatment take?
With surgical and orthodontic treatment, you can expect it to take around two and a half years to fully complete your treatment. However, the time does depend on the severity of your malocclusion that needs correcting.
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