Treatment From Your Local Tacoma Orthodontist
When it comes to your orthodontic care, not everything can be treated with Invisalign or braces. At Douglas Knight Orthodontics, we provide a variety of treatment options to take care of the specific issues you are dealing with. Orthognathic surgery is just one of those options. When you have minor or major irregularities with the jaws and teeth, you could experience pain on a regular basis. While braces could help to align the teeth to a certain degree, when paired with corrective jaw surgery, the results can be more effective.
Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, treats a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities such as misalignment of the jaws and teeth. These abnormalities can often cause difficulty and pain associated with everyday movements of the jaw and face. Jaw surgery can correct these problems, and when combined with orthodontic treatment, it can improve the overall appearance of the facial profile and functionality of the jaw.
Do You Need Jaw Surgery?
After a thorough examination with your local Tacoma orthodontist, Dr. Knight will be able to determine whether or not corrective jaw surgery is the right path for you. Your exam might include a demonstration of the surgery so you can see what the benefits are. Digital imaging technology will be used to give you a real look into how it works. Some signs that might point in the direction of having surgery done include:
• Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
• Headaches or TMJ
• Birth defects or facial injuries including a protruding jaw or receding chin
• Open bite or inability to comfortably keep lips closed
• An imbalanced facial profile
• Sleep apnea
• Strong wear of the teeth
• Chronic dry mouth
Find Out If Orthognathic Surgery Is Right For You
Until you have an exam with Dr. Knight, you will not know if orthognathic surgery is right for you. While you may be experiencing a lot of the signs associated with surgery, the doctor will be able to determine if orthodontic care would be the best route, or if corrective surgery would be a better option. Contact our office to find out more about your corrective options. Give us a call at 253-627-5550 to schedule your appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!