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Surgical Orthodontics

What is surgical orthodontics?

Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak and breathe, and for improved facial appearance. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always used in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps ensure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Dr. Eisen will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns that are too pronounced to be addressed by orthodontic treatment alone. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. While all growth should be completed before jaw surgery can be performed, the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.