For some irregular bite problems, orthognathic surgery by an oral surgeon (surgery to reposition the upper and/or lower jaw), in combination with orthodontic treatment (braces) is necessary to achieve an optimal relationship of the teeth. This type of treatment is known as Surgical Orthodontics. In such situations, Dr. Jacobsen works with the Oral Surgeon in treatment planning, and performs the appropriate orthodontic treatment to prepare patients for orthognathic surgery.
Who needs surgical orthodontics?
Dr. Jacobsen will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with severe bite irregularities and those with facial esthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.