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Orthognathic Surgery & Surgical Orthodontics

When orthodontics alone will not be able to fully correct a bad bite, the addition of orthognathic surgery will help create a beautiful, lasting smile.
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Surgical orthodontics is the combination of both orthodontic treatment and orthognathic (jaw) surgery

Surgical orthodontics is used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, severe malocclusion, and sleep disorders.  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involved the mouth, jaws, face and skull.  If you require surgical orthodontics, we will work with an oral surgeon to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

When might surgical orthodontics be necessary?

The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing.

Orthodontic treatment is used to align the teeth before orthognathic surgery, which will properly align the jaws.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will begin to “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you will have to wear braces, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.

What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?

As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years. If you’re concerned about
an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our
practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information.

What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?

For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.

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Office Locations

Consultations are available at our three conveniently located orthodontic offices.

Massillon

3235 Wales Ave NW
Massillon, Ohio 44646
(330) 833-3335

Uniontown

3451 Edison St NW
Uniontown, Ohio 44685
(330) 699-6369

North Canton

6304 A Market Ave
North Canton, Ohio 44721
(234) 714-8100