Adult Treatments

Adult Treatments

Orthognathic Surgery

An orthodontist’s job is to correct irregularities of the jaw and facial structure. You might associate an orthodontist with getting braces, but that is just the first option for correcting these issues. Severe growth problems, abnormal chewing or traumatic injury may necessitate other options. Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is a procedure that an orthodontist can use to correct these more severe issues.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

This surgery is usually an option for people whose jaws will not align properly even with the help of braces. It is usually performed after growth stops for teenagers. There are a number of benefits that can be derived from this surgery:

  • Improved facial appearance
  • Easier biting and chewing
  • Reduced wear and tear on your teeth
  • Reduced risk of painful jaw disorders
  • Repairs facial injuries
  • Relief from sleep apnea

After the surgery, the appearance of your face and function of your jaw may be vastly improved.

What You Can Expect

Once you and your orthodontist decide that jaw surgery is necessary, you will typically have braces placed on your teeth for nine months to a year before the surgery. The surgery is performed at a hospital and usually requires at least a one-night stay. The surgeon will make cuts into your jaw bones and move and secure them into proper position. Once you get home, recovery should take three to six weeks. After your recovery, you may continue to wear braces until all your teeth are settled in the correct place. The entire process can take a 12 to 24 months.

If you are experiencing problems or pain in your jaw, Rice Orthodontics can help. If you live in Jacksonville or around St. Johns and Nocatee, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.