Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient´s ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.
Dr. Caponera will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.
During your orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts 6–18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.
Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon, and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.
When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4–8 weeks), Dr. Caponera fine-tunes your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6–12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.
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I highly recommend Caponera Orthodontics. Dr. Caponera and staff are not only professional; they are attentive, compassionate, thorough and patient. My daughter's orthodontic work is impeccable and she has the beautiful smile to prove it!Gwen Barnick
I had my braces on for a little over 2 years and I couldn't be happier with my results! They're super friendly and worked with me even though I was away for school. Extremely professional but makes you feel like family. Thank you for my new smile!Ayanna-Mone Arnold
Dr. Caponera is the BEST around. My teeth had a lot of spacing, before going to Dr. Caponera, but after 2 years of braces my teeth now look great! Dr. Caponera worked so that I would have my braces removed just in time for Christmas and I really appreciate that. The staff are all friendly and a pleasure to talk with, making each visit enjoyable.Neomaru Anderson
I always have a great experience at Dr. Caponera's office. Dr. Caponera is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and personable. I'm so happy with how he fixed my teeth before my wedding. His office is very clean, and the staff are accommodating with scheduling appointments, and even offer some days with later appointment times.Allison Dauer
Dr. Caponera is Awesome! I had the best experience with his office. I had no problems scheduling appointments, especially those emergencies. Did I mention my under-bite that has been transformed to a new, beautiful, perfectly aligned smile that I get complimented on constantly? Well, I just did!Dionne Reid
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