Month: March 2021

Demystifying Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery – also called orthognathic surgery – is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). This surgery is performed to correct a wide range of skeletal and dental irregularities, stemming from misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Orthognathic surgery is painless most of the time., and is often covered by medical insurance.

Orthognathic surgery treats jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to bite, talk, breathe and speak. This procedure also improves facial appearances and corrects deformities by properly aligning the facial bones. Moving the jaw bones also moves the teeth, so braces are used in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery. This helps to ensure the teeth and jaw bones are aligning after surgery.

If you experience any of the following symptoms or conditions, this may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

Your dentist, orthodontist and OMS will decide together if you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is responsible for determining the specific type of jaw surgery necessary, and he or she performs the surgery. It’s important to understand that your treatment will likely incorporate an orthodontic treatment of braces or Invisalign, before and after surgery, and may take a few years to be completed.

Your OMS and Dr. King know this is a commitment for you and your family. We will do everything we can to support you throughout your treatment, provide you with all of the information and resources you need, and ensure that you have a realistic expectation of the process.

Orthognathic surgery and subsequent therapy can be a relatively complicated process. We help break it down in the following stages:

Stage 1: Diagnosis and Planning

The diagnosis and planning stage lasts about a month. Exams and tests are performed by your oral surgeon, and the oral surgeon will meet with other team members to create a comprehensive plan for you. Creating this comprehensive plan includes your oral surgery team, Dr. King, and sometimes speech or language therapists. Specialists will take photos of your jaw and use programming to forecast surgery results.

Stage 2: Surgery Preparation

The time period for this stage relies on your specific needs. Some patients may need dental work to address other dental medical problems, before they’re prepared for surgery. If you have wisdom teeth, they must be removed so that they do not get in the way of the surgical cuts. Dr. King is a proponent of surgery first, before braces, if the patient qualifies. Before surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon to understand what you can expect during and after your surgery.

Stage 3: Surgery and Recovery

You’ll undergo surgery in a hospital or a qualified medical facility. You will start out with a liquid diet, and will be monitored by medical staff while you recover from anesthesia.

Stage 4: Home Recovery

Once you are home, it is highly recommended to rest as much as possible. Your surgeon will tell you the approximate recovery time that you should adhere to. While you are in recovery, the doctors will provide instructions on the pain medication and antibiotics you should take. Start with a delicate eating regimen and steadily work your way back to a normal diet. It’s imperative you attend all of your follow-up appointments as directed by your surgeon! You will need to commit to an effective oral hygiene routine to minimize the risk of infection and to propel the healing process.

Have questions about corrective jaw surgery?

If you would like to know more about jaw surgery or surgical orthodontics, please don’t hesitate to contact us at our Jupiter location. We would love to answer all of your questions!

If you recognize some of the symptoms or conditions that may indicate the need for surgical orthodontics, we encourage you to request your complimentary exam with us today. Dr. King has extensive experience detecting problematic orthodontic conditions and providing solutions that help you reach your goals. We want to help you live your greatest quality of life—and that has everything to do with your smile!

It’s Never Too Late for Adult Braces!

There’s a common stigma against adults wearing braces. The thought of wearing metal brackets and wires may cause some to believe that it’s just too late for braces—but it’s never too late for braces.

Although we believe no one should be ashamed about the process of transforming their smile and gaining new confidence, we understand our adult patients’ concerns and it’s our goal to accommodate your preferences!

That’s why Dr. King and Dr. Welch provide options in traditional or clear braces for adults.

Can adults get braces?

Yes… we promise adult orthodontic treatment is more common than most people think! That’s the beauty of advanced technologies. With Invisalign® clear aligners, you may not even realize someone you see everyday is undergoing orthodontic treatment.

In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports one in three adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is for anyone who wants to experience their greatest quality of life.

Invisible Braces for Adults

For adults who prefer an invisible treatment option, we offer Invisalign, Damon® Clear, INBRACE and ceramic braces! In other words, you’ve got plenty of options with Dr. King and Dr. Welch.

Invisalign is the most common form of invisible braces. This modern technology uses clear, flexible plastic aligners that cover the entire surface of the top and bottom teeth to shift the smile toward a perfect alignment.

Invisalign is virtually-invisible and undetectable! Clear aligners are a convenient treatment option that can be removed to eat, brush your teeth and floss your teeth.

Damon Clear Self-Ligating Braces
Damon Clear braces use advanced, self-ligating technology, meaning they don’t require rubber bands to hold the bracket to the archwire. These braces use a “slide” mechanism that clips the bracket to the archwire, which makes them more discreet than traditional braces.

Damon Clear braces are made of transparent ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of the teeth.

INBRACE Lingual Braces
INBRACE braces use unique, custom-designed “loop” brackets that are positioned behind the teeth. These lingual braces are bonded to the back surface of the teeth, so nobody will be able to see your braces!

These are 100% invisible braces for adults. Using Smartwire technology combined with GentleForce technology, INBRACE braces are designed to allow for optimal movement of each individual tooth, by applying light, persistent force to move the teeth.

Ceramic Braces
Similar to Damon braces, ceramic braces are made of a transparent, high-quality, durable ceramic material. These ones resemble traditional braces closer, because they use rubber bands to hold the archwire to the bracket.

Ceramic braces use ceramic brackets and transparent rubber bands for a less noticeable appearance than metal braces.

Cost of Braces for Adults

The cost of braces is affordable with us! We’re on a mission to provide the highest quality of orthodontic care in Jupiter—for an affordable price.

At your first visit to our office, we’ll work with you to create a payment plan that meets your needs, fits your budget, and enables you to experience a healthy, beautiful smile.

With any of our braces options for adults, we’ll do everything we can to help make the cost of treatment practical for your financial situation.

Still have questions about adults wearing braces?

If you’re still on the fence about adult braces, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to speak to you about your hesitations.

Ready to begin your journey toward your most confident smile? Get started by requesting your free exam with Dr. King or Dr. Welch, top orthodontists in Jupiter.