At Straight Orthodontics we do not offer surgical orthodontics, however we will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental specialist who treats a wide variety of issues regarding the jaw, face, neck, head and soft tissues inside the mouth.
When our patients suffer from skeletal discrepancies, either from existing concerns or emergencies due to trauma suffered by the face, at Straight Orthodontics, we will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
When the lower and upper jaws are not aligned properly, they can negatively impact bite, facial appearance and functionality.
For the most ideal orthodontic results, it’s best for the jaws to be properly positioned prior to beginning your orthodontic treatment.
Surgical orthodontic treatments include:
Chin Advancement (Genioplasty)
This surgery is also known as a chin augmentation and is designed to improve the appearance of the jaw and chin.
The common reason for having a genioplasty is the feeling of being unhappy with your chin’s appearance; however this surgery is commonly paired with jaw surgery to improve the position of the lower and upper jaw.
Chin implants are also on offer for patients who wish to enlarge the appearance or push forwards their chin.
Class III Maxillary Advancement and Mandibular Set Back
The surgery to treat a Class III Malocclusion occurs more frequently when there is deficient maxillary growth, other causes include excessive mandibular growth and maxillary trauma.
Common surgery to treat a Class III Malocclusion involves a maxillary advancement (move the upper jaw forwards) where the upper jaw is broken into different pieces and shifted forwards. Alongside this, the mandible is set back, as a section of the bone is cut away.
Maxillary Impaction (Gummy Smile)
Gummy smiles are quite often caused by an excess of vertical upper jaw, which causes a patient to have a longer face. The surgery to reduce the gummy smile, is to remove a part of the maxillary bone (upper jaw), which shifts the maxillary upwards to reduce the visible gum.
Surgically Assisted Maxillary Expansion (S.A.M.E)
Also referred to as upper jaw expansion surgery, where the goal is to increase the size of the upper jaw. Surgically Assisted Maxillary Expansion is required when a patient has finished growing and the upper jaw is too narrow to accommodate orthodontic treatment.
Class II Mandibular Advancement Surgery
When the upper and lower jaws need repositioning into the correct positions relative to one another, the Class II Mandibular Advancement Surgery can help. Orthodontic treatment is usually doubled up with Class II Mandibular Advancement Surgery, to achieve a better bite and facial appearance.