Some patients have a jaw discrepancy that requires a combination of both orthodontics and surgery to correct. This can significantly change the way a patient looks, but also improve the way that the teeth function.
Why you might need jaw surgery combined with orthodontics
If you have a jaw deformity, undergoing both surgical and orthodontic treatment can be required to correct the position of the bones in the jaw and teeth. Speaking to a consultant is recommended before deciding whether you are an appropriate candidate for the treatment.
What are the benefits of jaw surgery combined with orthodontics?
Treating a deformed jaw with a combination of orthodontics and surgery is long, but the results will be worthwhile.
Some of the benefits include:
What does jaw surgery combined with orthodontics involve?
Combining jaw surgery and orthodontics is a long process to correct jaw deformity. The treatment will begin roughly 18 months before surgery with a brace being fitted to align the teeth in position for surgery. In some cases, the orthodontist will see removing teeth as a necessity in order to be able to push the teeth into their correct position. The brace remains in place throughout the entirety of the treatment.
The surgery itself will last between three and six hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will fracture specific parts of your jaw in order for it to heal back into a new position to improve its functionality. The jaw will take between four and six weeks to recover, during which time the patient will be on a soft or liquid diet.
After surgery, most patients will have strong elastic bands fitted to maintain position for both the upper and lower teeth and will remain in place for three to six weeks.
Once the jaw has fully healed, with any residual swelling settling down, your brace will remain in place for a further six to nine months in order to prevent your jaw from moving back into its previous position.
Each individual’s recovery time differs for separate parts of the treatment process. In all, the treatment can take up to three years from start to finish. After surgery, you are likely to remain in the hospital for two to five days and be off work for four weeks.
Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
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To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before making a decision.