Why Would I Need Surgical Orthodontic Treatment?

When most people hear the term “orthodontics,” one word usually pops into their head: braces. While straightening teeth with braces makes up the bulk of orthodontic work, there’s another field of orthodontics that deals with more severe cases. This field is called surgical orthodontics.

At Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, Howard Spector, DDS, has performed this type of treatment for many patients through the years. In this blog, he explains what surgical orthodontics is and how it may be able to help you.

What is surgical orthodontics?

This type of orthodontic treatment involves oral and maxillofacial surgery designed to fix skeletal problems — such as jaw alignment issues or jaw abnormalities — that may cause issues with eating, breathing, sleeping, and speaking. If you have any of the following conditions — among others — you may need oral and maxillofacial surgery:

The most common reasons for oral and maxillofacial problems are due to the following:

In order to be a candidate for surgical orthodontic treatment, your facial structures need to have finished growing. If surgery is performed too early, your structures could shift and move your teeth out of alignment again.

How do orthodontics and surgery work together?

Your specific surgery will depend on exactly what issue you’re facing. With surgery, Dr. Spector can move your jaw forward, backward, up, or down depending on your condition. He can also add extra bone to support the surgical changes if necessary.

Orthodontic treatment usually comes first, followed by the surgery, and then a final round of orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into their final, optimal position, so they can function as they were designed.

Surgery alone won’t likely solve all of your oral problems. Surgery can bring your jaws into correct alignment, but then orthodontic treatment will likely be needed to line up your teeth in their proper positions.

Many orthodontists have to outsource their surgery cases to other oral surgeons, but at Millennium Park Orthodontics, Dr. Spector does it all. He performs both the orthodontic treatment and the surgical treatment, giving his patients a more streamlined and efficient approach to their smile transformations.

To find out more about surgical orthodontics and to see if it can help you, book an appointment over the phone with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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