Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics
If you are worried about your child’s smile, you may be wondering what the reasons for surgical orthodontics are and if your child needs it. Here are some of the conditions that would require surgical orthodontics.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics | Mandibular Advancement
This means that you have an under-developed lower jaw. This creates an overbite. In surgical orthodontics, incisions are made so that the jaws can be properly aligned.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics | Mandibular Setback
Mandibular setback means that your upper-jaw is under-developed. This causes you to have an underbite. Much like with a mandibular advancement, the goal of surgery is to align the jaws to correct your bite.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics | Maxillary Advancement
Maxillary advancement creates a form of underbite that’s known as a crossbite. The incisions for this condition is usually made in the mouth on the upper jaw near where it would line up with the eye sockets.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics | Maxillary Setback
Maxillary setback creates a form of overbite that’s known as an overjet. This surgery actually isn’t as common as a mandibular setback although they may seem similar to you as a patient. With maxillary setback, overjet is caused by the fact that the lower jaw simply did not grow enough.
An open bite is known as maxillary impaction. The objective of surgical orthodontics is to correct the space between the front and back teeth when you bite down. Bone from the upper jaw is removed and placed higher in order to help correct the problem. The lower jaw is repositioned as well.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics | Gummy Smile
A gummy smile means that when you smile there is a large amount of gum that is displayed when compared with others. A portion of the upper jaw bone may be moved and placed higher in order to pull the gums up and lessen the amount of gum that is displayed when you smile.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics | Chin Advancement
Chin advancement is used for patients who have a weak jaw line. This can be used to do more than strengthen the jaw line. It can also be used to help fix the bite of the patient. Depending on the initial diagnosis, you may not need further orthodontic treatment after this procedure.
If you would like to schedule a free screening with one of our experienced WNY surgical orthodontists, please call our office today.