Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include dysfunctional bites and jaw bone abnormalities. There are special oral and maxillofacial surgeons whose practice mainly focuses in orthognathic surgery.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
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. Orthodontic braces are used to move the teeth into their proper position in preparation for the surgery when the oral surgeon will properly reset the jaw.