For most corrective jaw surgery procedures, braces will be necessary for a period of time before, during, and after the procedure.
Braces are needed before orthognathic surgery to straighten teeth that may have tilted or crowded as a result of a misaligned jaw. Teeth often become tilted and crowded as a way to overcompensate for a jaw’s misalignment. Why must this be done before the actual procedure? When teeth are properly aligned by an orthodontist before the orthognathic procedure, it makes mastering a perfect bite much easier for the oral surgeon during the surgery.
Braces are not usually removed for the corrective jaw surgery procedure. Instead, braces are very useful during the procedure for aligning the bite before the bone is set. Braces allow oral surgeons to keep the jaws together at certain points during the surgery when necessary.
Following the corrective jaw surgery, the orthodontist may wish to even further perfect a person’s bite with post-surgical braces. Therefore, a patient may need to wear braces for a few months to a year following the procedure, depending on the specific case.
How Long Will I Need Braces?
The length of time a person will need to wear pre and post-surgical braces truly depends on a patient’s specific malocclusion, and it varies from case to case. This is something you will discuss with your orthodontist to get a general time frame.
If you have any questions about corrective jaw surgery, do not hesitate to contact Austin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. A member of our Patient Service team will be happy to address any of your questions or concerns. Call today to schedule an appointment!