Correcting your jaw, your bite and your teeth
Orthodontics is moving teeth within the jaw bone. However, if the jaw bones are far from their ideal spots, the teeth can't be positioned properly for a functional bite, for proper chewing and smiling. Under such circumstances, we sometimes need additional help from our Oral-Maxillofacial surgeon colleagues.
We will explore all possible treatment options with you and you pick which option best suits your personal goals.
Generally, we wait until all growth is complete before recommending and commencing these treatments.
Want to know more? Simply ask us
How does jaw surgery and braces all work
Your Orthodontist will move your teeth to their optimal position within each jaw bone respectively. This then allows your Oral Maxillo-facial Surgeon to move your jaws into the right spot. After surgery, you will see both specialists regularly to ensure the healing process goes smoothly, and a few final orthodontic adjustments will be made to give you the best bite.
How much time do I need off School or Work?
We work with highly trained, and experienced surgeons to minimize your downtime. Our patients typically return back to daily life after a short fortnight break. However, everyone recovers differently, your orthodontists or surgeon will be able to best guide you in what to expect.
Will I look different?
Good questions. In most cases, we want your family (and your pets) to still recognize you after treatment, so in short, no. You will still look like you, with subtle enhancements.
If the proposed treatment will lead to changes in your appearance, our Specialized Orthodontists will inform you of this, and also provide (at request) a digital simulation of the expected outcome.