Also referred to as orthognathic surgery, surgical orthodontics deals with the abnormalities in the relationship of the upper and lower jaw, which can impact the position of your teeth. Poor jaw alignment can affect chewing, breathing, speech, and proper facial symmetry and balance. Orthognathic surgery translates to "changing jaws" and is a collaboration between an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon shifts the jaws into the correct position, while the orthodontist ensures that your teeth properly align.
When orthodontic treatment alone will not address bite and facial aesthetic concerns, Dr. Laprade may suggest orthognathic surgery, but only for patients who have finished growing. Dr. Laprade will work closely with the oral surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome.
Placement of the braces by the orthodontist is the first step of surgical orthodontic treatment. During this pre-surgical phase, orthodontic treatment shifts the teeth into the proper orientation and alignment over the jaw bone. Next, the oral surgeon completes the surgery, moving the upper and lower jaw into the correct position. In the post-surgical phase of treatment, Dr. Laprade will fine tune the bite after the surgery.
Andre J Laprade DMD LTD
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Pawtucket, RI 02860
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