Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment that combines orthodontic tooth movement and surgical jaw movements. Since moving the jaw also means moving the teeth, this process not only involves an oral surgeon, but an effective orthodontist as well.
Orthognathic surgery is an effective method to resolve significant bite, jaw, and facial aesthetic problems due to abnormal growth patterns that normal orthodontics cannot fix alone. It is usually performed once the jaws have fully matured and helps the patient to chew, speak, and breathe as well as improve facial appearances. It is important that all growth be completed once jaw surgery is performed, however pre-surgery tooth movements may be performed one to two years prior to this treatment.
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