A captivating smile is a reflection of confidence and well-being. Sometimes, though, achieving that radiant smile involves more than just braces or aligners. For these, we have surgical orthodontic treatment, also known as orthognathic surgery, a transformative solution that combines the expertise of orthodontists and oral surgeons to correct complex dental and skeletal issues.
At Rafati Orthodontics, we regard surgical orthodontic treatment as a comprehensive approach that involves orthodontic care combined with oral surgery to address severe dental and skeletal discrepancies. It is typically recommended when the issues cannot be fully corrected with braces or aligners due to underlying structural problems.
When is Surgical Orthodontic Treatment Needed?
Surgical orthodontic treatment is often recommended for individuals with severe bite irregularities that cannot be corrected effectively with orthodontics alone. This includes overbites, underbites, and crossbites that significantly impact oral function.
When the upper and lower jaws do not align properly, surgical orthodontic treatment can address these misalignments, improving chewing, speech, and overall facial aesthetics.
Cases where dental and skeletal issues impact the proportions of the face.
Severe chewing difficulties and discomfort due to misaligned jaws.
The Process of Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
Dr. Rafati will develop a surgical plan that involves repositioning the jawbones and correcting bite irregularities. Then, she proceeds to the surgical phase, which involves repositioning the jawbones according to the pre-determined plan. This is typically done through incisions inside the mouth made in such a way that minimizes visible scarring. After surgery, a period of healing is required. Orthodontic treatment continues to fine-tune the bite and ensure long-term stability.
The Benefits of Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
- Correcting Complex Bite Issues
Surgical orthodontic treatment in San Jose, CA, is designed explicitly for cases where bite irregularities are severe and cannot be effectively corrected through orthodontics alone. This includes issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites. The treatment improves chewing, speech, and oral function by aligning the bite.
- Enhancing Facial Aesthetics
Jaw misalignments can lead to facial asymmetry and impact the overall harmony of facial features. Surgical orthodontic treatment not only aligns the jaws for better function but also enhances the facial profile, resulting in a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Resolving Breathing and Speech Issues
Specific jaw misalignments can contribute to breathing difficulties and speech impediments. Surgical orthodontic treatment can address these underlying problems, improving overall quality of life.
Addressing jaw misalignments can positively impact self-image and self-esteem. This positive impact in turn empowers individuals to interact more confidently in social and professional settings.
Surgical orthodontic treatment is a transformative journey that goes beyond traditional orthodontics. It's a specialized approach that corrects complex bite irregularities and jaw misalignments, improving function, aesthetics, and self-confidence. If you're facing severe bite issues or jaw misalignments, visit Rafati Orthodontics, a trusted orthodontist in San Jose, CA. Locate them at 827 Blossom Hill Rd., Suite E2, San Jose, CA 95123, or call 408-226-1234 to explore the potential benefits of surgical orthodontic treatment.