In cases of severe teeth misalignment, surgery is often required to ensure positive oral health outcomes. Orthognathic surgery is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct instances of bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities and malocclusion (jaw misalignment). At Niepraschk Orthodontics, we specialize in this type of orthodontic surgery and strive to ensure our Littleton, CO patients feel comfortable and confident in their decision to improve their oral health.
Jaw growth usually stops by age 16 for females and 18 for males. In order for orthognathic surgery to be a viable option, the jaw must be done growing. If proper jaw alignment and a proper bite aren’t possible through corrective alignment, surgery may be required. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Niepraschk can advise you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment.
Orthognathic surgery typically takes a few hours. Once surgery is complete, you will have up to a two-week rest period. You’ll be given comprehensive care instructions for how to care for your oral health during the recovery period, as well as how to maintain a proper diet and general health, for optimal recovery. We’ll also schedule you for follow-ups, to ensure everything is healing up properly.
Far and away the most important benefit of a successful orthognathic surgery is better oral health outcomes. Having teeth and a jaw that are in alignment makes it easier to chew, swallow, breath and smile! Correcting severe alignments can help prevent more advanced oral health problems from appearing later on in life. Beyond that, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a smile that will last a lifetime.
Our skilled orthodontic surgeons have performed orthognathic surgeries for many years and we have a superior track record of results. However, as with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. If you have concerns about an upcoming treatment, please let us know and we’ll gladly answer any questions you might have.
Niepraschk Orthodontics consults with Littleton, CO to help each person understand their unique situation and the potential for corrective results. Call us today at (303) 978-1316 to schedule a orthodontic consultation.
There’s never a better time to start your journey towards Your Smile For Life. Get started with scheduling a Free Consultation today at Niepraschk Orthodontics in Littleton.