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Orthognathic surgery | Northenden House Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a special type of dentistry where a trained consultant will diagnose, prevent and correct any malpositioned teeth a patient may have, including bite and jaw position.

Aside from getting braces such as metal train tracks or Incognito braces, a patient may have a case so severe they may need orthognathic surgery. 


But what is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure that aims to correct discrepancies in the jaw and face related to structure and growth. 


Would I benefit from orthognathic treatment?

This type of treatment can correct your bite and change your facial profile. Some patients notice a lot of change, while some results are very minimal.


What does the process look like?

Orthodontic treatment is typically carried out over 2 to 3 years, starting with a fixed appliance to reposition your teeth. Then, approximately, 2/3s of the way through you will undergo jaw surgery. Following the surgery, patients then generally continue with the orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances for 6-9 months. The fixed appliance will then be removed and you will be provided with retainers to help maintain the new position of your teeth.


 

What does the surgery actually involve? 

You may need surgery to your upper or lower jaw, with some patients requiring a combination of both. Your orthodontist and surgeon will consult with you so you know exactly what you’re having done. The surgery is carried out from inside your mouth so there will be no visible scars on your face.


Is jaw surgery painful?

After the surgery, some patients say it's about as bad as getting your wisdom teeth taken out, except swelling is more noticeable. You may also have to take prescription pain medication if you feel any discomfort.



Is there an alternative to this treatment?

Sometimes bite and jaw discrepancies can be fixed using braces alone, but this is usually the case with minor problems.  


 

For more advice on both orthodontic and orthognathic treatment then do not hesitate to get in contact with us. Or better yet call us on 0161 768 0931 to book an appointment to see one of our orthodontists where they can discuss all your options with you.