Orthodontic surgery (orthognathic surgery) is used in cases where the bite is extremely bad, or where there is significant jaw bone abnormalities. Early prevention orthodontic treatment received as a child and teen can prevent the necessity of surgery later in life to correct orthodontic issues that could have been more easily fixed when the jaw was still growing. Therefore, whenever possible, it is highly recommended that orthodontic treatment be taken care of during the preventitive phase of life as a child and teen.
How do I know if I need surgery?
Dr. Sonneborn and his staff will take x-rays and perform a full evaluation to determine your individual treatment needs. Should surgery be required as part of your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Sonneborn will inform you of that during your consultation.
What can I expect if I need orthognathic surgery?
Should you require orthognathic surgery as part of your treatment plan, you can expect the following:
- Your surgery will take place in a hospital
- The surgery may take up to several hours
- After the surgery, you will need approximately a 2-week period to rest
- Time off of work or school for recovery is recommended
- After the surgery, you can expect to wear braces for six to twelve months