Surgical orthodontics is a combined approach to treatment that involves an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. Some orthodontic cases require more than brackets and arch wires to make the necessary corrections to jaw abnormalities. In those situations, Dr. Ferdinand Sabelis works with an oral surgeon to map out a treatment plan that will achieve the desired result.
Dr. Sabelis can level and align teeth in the jawbone, but an oral surgeon is needed to position the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together appropriately.
Surgical orthodontics can improve your ability to chew, speak and breathe. It also can improve facial aesthetics, particularly in cases of extreme underbite or overbite.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 because many cases that require surgical treatment in adults can be corrected without surgery in children. This is because an orthodontist can incorporate a child’s growth into treatment if skeletal abnormalities and severe bite discrepancies are identified early enough.
However, adults should know that it’s never too late for orthodontic improvements. A combined surgical/orthodontic approach can help improve even the most challenging cases in adults.