Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic (“jaw”) surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases of bad bites and jaw bone abnormalities, that braces and Invisalign alone can’t correct. 

If you need surgical orthodontics, Drs. Gersch and Dr. Rossignol will work closely with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure you receive the best care possible. Cranford Orthodontics is one of only a handful of practices in the nation that can use Invisalign (instead of traditional metal braces) to treat Surgical Cases.  

How do I know if I need jaw surgery?

At your initial consultation, Drs. Gersch and Dr. Rossignol will do a thorough evaluation and can determine if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery.

When might surgical orthodontics be needed?

Surgical orthodontics may be indicated in adults with improper bites, sleep apnea, jaw asymmetries or aesthetic concerns. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone.Typically jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, which takes place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours, depending on each individual each case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period.

Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, the orthodontist will continue/complete your orthodontic treatment to “fine-tune” your bite. Most orthodontic treatment is completed within 6-12 months following surgery.

What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?

As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. 

If you’re concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our office and let us know. We are happy to and=swer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us. 

What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?

For many patients, the most important benefits of having orthognathic surgery are improved function and a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a jaw abnormality, malocclusion or sleep apnea, orthognathic surgery can help restore your function and and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.