For some adults, orthodontic treatment alone cannot fully correct their orthodontic problem. They may also need surgery in combination with orthodontic treatment to achieve a functional, healthy bite. Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include jawbone abnormalities. Surgical orthodontics focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull.
Unlike children, adults are no longer growing, so the only way to modify the size or shape of an adult’s jaw bones is through surgery. Surgical orthodontics may be necessary for someone whose jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone.
The greatest reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile and facial harmony that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need treatment to improve your bite or correct a jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling for many years to come. If you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. Hashemi will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.