Orthodontic devices nowadays, like braces, are sometimes able to correct bite issues. However, if your bite issues are too severe, then you may need surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery and corrective jaw surgery. This type of surgery can correct aesthetic issues, but the main purpose is to improve the patient’s ability to speak, eat, and breathe.
Are you interested in learning more about surgical orthodontics? Here at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics, we can help you make the best decision for your needs. Get answers to your questions at one of our offices in Mesa, Globe, Gilbert, Chandler, or Queen Creek. Contact our team today to schedule your consultation!
The Benefits of Surgical Orthodontics
As mentioned above, treatments like braces and clear aligners can correct mild bite issues. There comes a time, however, when surgery is going to be the best and most efficient option. Bite issues such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite can be addressed with surgical orthodontics. If your teeth don’t line up properly when you chew, that can cause pain or discomfort, and it may be difficult to eat.
Surgical orthodontics is able to efficiently correct bite issues, and surgery can be performed alongside treatments like braces to further improve your results. Having straight teeth and a perfect bite makes it easier to eat, as well as speak and breathe, and it will be easier to keep up on your dental hygiene to avoid cavities.
Types of Misalignments
- Open Bite: The upper and lower teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed, due to them slanting outward.
- Underbite: The lower jaw protrudes out from the upper jaw. This is also known as a Class III malocclusion.
- Overbite: The upper jaw protrudes too far over the lower jaw.
These are just a few of the common misalignments we see in our patients. All three of these can cause aesthetic concerns as well as issues regarding functionality. Our educated team can work with you to determine the correct type of surgery to correct your bite. If you could benefit from braces while avoiding surgery, we will help you through that process as well.
At Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics, our team uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure you get the best care possible. We understand that surgery, especially jaw surgery, isn’t an easy thing to go through, so we’re here to make the process as positive and comfortable as possible. Consider one of our practices in Mesa, Globe, Gilbert, Chandler, or Queen Creek if you are in need of surgical orthodontics. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!