Preparing for Orthognathic Surgery

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When preparing for orthognathic surgery it is important to ensure that the desired outcome with respect to fit of the teeth, smile, and facial esthetics is achieved following the procedure. Here at Beach Braces, we try to help our patients prepare mentally, emotionally and physically before undergoing an orthognathic surgery.

Orthodontic and surgical goals should be clearly defined at the start of treatment, as well as during, and just before the surgery. In most surgical cases we will first place braces to prepare the teeth and upright them over their respective upper and lower jaw bones. In many instances this may accentuating an underbite or an overbite during the preparation phase before we can correct it with surgery. According to a publication in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of America, orthodontic preparation helps dictate the potential skeletal movements during the surgical procedure. Proper planning, monitoring, and communicating between surgeon and orthodontist are essential in achieving success.

The orthognathic surgery is usually done by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon. He/she will discuss the risk of the operation with you. You can ask questions with your oral surgeon that can help you feel more comfortable with the entire process, before signing the consent for the procedure.

Before the surgery, your orthodontist and/or your surgeon will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth. In most instances, a three-dimensional CT scan and computer-guided treatment plan are also done. These records are essential for the precise planning and execution of the surgical procedure.

The surgery will take place in a hospital and you will be under general anesthesia. Hospital stay is usually one to two days. After surgery expect to be significantly swollen in and around your face. Bruising is also quite common over the first week or two of recovery. Most people are ready to return to school or work after 2 weeks. However, heavy or contact sports are generally discouraged for a period of approximately 3 months, while the jaw is healing.

To learn more about Orthognathic surgery, please feel free to contact or visit us at Beach Braces in Scarborough.

– The Beach Braces Team