Most patients who receive orthodontic treatment have orthodontic problems that can be corrected using minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment options. However, if your case is particularly complex or severe, our orthodontist may recommend surgical treatment to improve your oral health and function, enhance your overall wellbeing and ensure you receive the care you need.
What is surgical orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a specialized branch of dentistry that combines orthodontic treatment with surgical procedures to correct severe dental and facial irregularities. While traditional orthodontics primarily focuses on aligning teeth, surgical orthodontics addresses more complex cases where jaw misalignment significantly impacts both oral function and facial aesthetics.
When is surgical orthodontic treatment needed?
Surgical orthodontic treatment is typically recommended when patients exhibit severe dental and facial discrepancies that cannot be effectively corrected through orthodontic braces alone. Dr. Feinstein may recommend surgical orthodontics to correct problems such as:
- Severe malocclusions: Patients with severe overbites, underbites or crossbites may require surgical intervention to achieve proper alignment.
- Facial asymmetry: When the jaw misalignment causes noticeable facial imbalance, surgical orthodontics can help restore facial harmony.
- Breathing difficulties: Individuals with obstructive sleep apnea or other airway issues related to jaw position may benefit from surgical correction.
- Speech problems: Jaw misalignment can contribute to speech difficulties, which can be addressed through surgical orthodontics.
- Aesthetic concerns: Those with significant facial or dental irregularities may choose surgical orthodontics to enhance their overall appearance.
What are the benefits of surgical orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics offers several compelling benefits, including:
- Improved facial aesthetics: Surgical orthodontics can enhance the balance and symmetry of the face, leading to a more pleasing appearance.
- Enhanced oral function: Proper jaw alignment can improve chewing, biting and speech, enhancing overall oral function and comfort.
- Resolution of medical issues: Surgical orthodontics can alleviate breathing difficulties and reduce the risk of sleep apnea, contributing to better overall health.
- Long-lasting results: Unlike some purely orthodontic treatments, surgical orthodontics provides lasting and stable results.
- Boosted self-confidence: Improved facial aesthetics and a properly aligned smile can significantly enhance an individual’s self-esteem and quality of life.
We invite you to call Feinstein 360 Orthodontics today at 804-735-0365 for more information about surgical orthodontics in Chesterfield, Virginia, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Feinstein.