There is a saying that a house is only as strong as its foundation. Your facial bone structure is that foundation of your smile, and like a house, it greatly affects the appearance of your smile. Those bones also affect how your mouth works in general. Surgical orthodontics in Michigan City is sometimes necessary if we want to provide the most effective treatment possible to restore your smile. Our orthodontic surgery can:We make you comfortable and help give you a great smile Read Transcript
Under the topic of surgical orthodontics, there are a handful of patients who were not able to have the benefit of braces, perhaps when they were younger and their jaws had post-pubertal growth spurt or some genetic situation that allowed their jaws to mismatch. We do coordinate surgical orthodontics with our surgical team to resolve those bite differences in a very comfortable same way we do traditional braces, but we do them in a very comfortable circumstance where the patients are not in any kind of distress during the period of time of having surgical orthodontics. It pretty much ends up being the same as traditional orthodontics, but near the end of that treatment, we get involved – our oral surgery friends – to set the jaw in the right position, and then we finish up with the braces to follow.
- Repair problems without leaving a visible scar or outward sign of surgery
- Correct a protruding or receding lower jaw
- Correct issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Reduce your sleep apnea symptoms
Surgery may be the best way to fix the foundation of your smile, and we are here to help you do just that. Call Orthodontic Alliances today at 219-809-6584 to schedule your consultation.
Orthodontic Surgery Can Address a Variety of Problems
Our orthodontists understand that some problems go beyond traditional orthodontic treatment and require surgery. Facial surgery is a bit different from what you might think of with a normal surgical procedure, which normally leaves a scar or some other visible sign afterward.
With oral corrective surgery, there are usually no scars or marks. This is because the surgery can be completed inside your mouth. What is performed will depend directly on what your problems are. We will go over your options once we have evaluated your current facial structure.
The three most common orthodontic issues we’ve addressed with orthodontic surgery are:
- Open bite – This is when a gap between your upper and lower teeth causes your teeth not to touch when you close your mouth.
- Protruding lower jaw – This looks like an underbite and is more effectively treated with oral surgery than with an oral appliance.
- Weak chin – This condition refers to a receding lower chin. It resembles an overbite, and like a protruding lower jaw, it is more effectively corrected with surgery.
Other conditions can also be helped with facial or jaw surgery. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is one type of issue that can be treated with surgery. Sleep apnea is another condition where surgery may be an option.
Dr. Randy Schmidt and Dr. Evan Schmidt work as part of a surgical team to correct your facial imbalance. Along with an oral surgeon, they will evaluate your condition and find the best treatment possible to correct it. This type of collaborative approach allows us to treat you in a highly efficient and effective manner.
If you think you might need surgical orthodontics in Michigan City, call us today at 219-809-6584 to schedule your consultation.