San Leandro Smiles

Practice Limited to Orthodontics for Adults and Children

Surgical Orthodontics


Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you need surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

When might surgical orthodontics be needed?

Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and orthodontic braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper position.

How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?

Your orthodontist can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery.

How does orthognathic surgery work?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will once again “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you will have to wear braces, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.

What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?

As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you're concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us.

What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?

For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.


La cirugía correctiva de la mandíbula (cirugía ortognática) trata y corrige las anomalías de los huesos faciales, especialmente las mandíbulas y los dientes. Con frecuencia, estas anormalidades causan dificultad asociada con mascar, hablar, dormir y otras actividades rutinarias. Cirugía de Ortognática corrige estos problemas y, en relación con el tratamiento ortodoncia, para mejorara la apariencia general del perfil facial.

Usando lo último en la tecnología de imagen digital, vamos a demostrar el conjunto de los beneficios, funcionales y estéticos de la cirugía de ortognática. La planificación computarizada del tratamiento minimiza tiempos de tratamiento, los períodos de recuperación y la eficacia general de su cirugía. Los platos de lo más moderno de materias como titanio y tornillos miniaturas proporcionan la estabilidad, la fuerza y la previsibilidad a su tratamiento. Estos avances en la tecnología, procedimientos y equipos reducen tiempo de recuperación poste-quirúrgico, así permitiendo a pacientes para volver a sus rutinas normales poco después de la cirugía.

Cirugía de Ortognática puede ser innecesaria si el tratamiento ortodócico puede corregir el problema. Con los últimos avances en la ortodoncia, esto es a veces el caso. Determinaremos si la cirugía de ortognática es la opción correcta de tratamiento para usted.

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