To build a house, you need a solid foundation. In a similar way, you need strong support to have a healthy smile. In this case, your jaw and facial bones provide that support. If something is not quite right with the foundation of your smile, you may need to ask about surgical orthodontics. In Portage, IN, we may recommend this to: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.
- Fix structural problems with facial bones
- Correct bite issues
- Treat TMJ disorders
At Orthodontic Alliances, we work closely with an oral surgeon to plan these procedures. By working together, you get the maximum benefits if you do need this treatment. Call 219-841-7795 to schedule a consultation with us.
Get the Healthy, Attractive Smile You Deserve
Fair or not, some problems require something beyond standard orthodontics. Here are some examples of situations when surgical care may be the first step in correcting your smile issues:
- Open Bites – An open bite exists when you have a gap between your upper and lower teeth even when your mouth is closed.
- Protruding Lower Jaw – This looks similar to an underbite, but the issue has more to do with the position of your jaw than the alignment of your teeth.
- Weak Chin – This is the opposite of a protruding lower jaw. It looks like an overbite, but again, the issue has more to do with the location of your jaw.
Surgery may also be recommended for some patients with TMJ disorders. These can cause headaches, jaw and facial pain, and stiffness in your jaw. In some situations, the problem goes back to how your lower jaw aligns with the other bones of your face.
Put Our Team to Work For You
We prefer to use standard orthodontic care and dentofacial orthopedics whenever possible to straighten smiles. If you need something more than that, it may be because of genetic factors, birth defects, or an injury. Our team is ready to work with you to alter your facial structure so that you can have the smile of your dreams.
To find out more about surgical orthodontics in Portage, IN, call 219-841-7795 and schedule a consultation at Orthodontic Alliances.