If you have a severe bite issue, orthodontic treatment alone may not be enough to correct the problem. When this occurs, Dr. Lisa may recommend combining orthognathic (jaw) surgery with traditional orthodontics (braces) to help you improve your oral function, smile, and overall appearance. Orthognathic surgery may also be recommended as part of a treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Severe malocclusion may contribute to a number of functional problems, including:
- The inability to chew food properly
- Speech difficulties
- Craniomandibular dysfunction (including headaches, joint pain, and periodontal trauma)
Surgical orthodontics is a team effort. The best results are achieved using graphic imaging technology and interdisciplinary planning. When you receive surgical orthodontics, Dr. Lisa will collaborate with an oral & maxillofacial surgeon and your dentist to ensure that we achieve a more ideal functional and aesthetic outcome.
Please remember that while surgery may be the best option to achieve the results you want, it is always an elective procedure. We will discuss all surgical, non-surgical, and alternative treatment options with you, as well as the option to not seek treatment at all. We want you to be fully informed and feel comfortable with your treatment goals and expectations.
You should also remember that in many cases, orthognathic surgery may be avoided through effective and timely EARLY orthodontic treatment. Early jaw orthopedics can modify the amount and direction of unfavorable jaw growth, especially during the more active stages of growth and development which occur BEFORE age 7. Dr. Lisa prefers to evaluate children as early as age 4 to diagnose and treat developing problems before they progress and worsen over time.
For more information about braces with jaw surgery in Orlando and Clermont, Florida, feel free to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Lisa.