All the team at Tooth Co Orthodontics wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Smales Farm Ortho and Eastridge Ortho are closed for the Xmas break from the 21st December and our normal hours resume on the 9th of January. You can still book appointments online for new patients in 2023. In the unlikely event that you have an orthodontic emergency during the Xmas period our dental clinics at Smales Farm and Eastridge are open 9am – 4pm. If you need to book an appointment you can call Smales Farm on 094109971 or Eastridge on 095212021. Have a safe holiday and see you next year.


Orthognathic Surgery “Jaw Surgery”

An orthognathic surgery is a form of dental surgery that corrects severe jawbone abnormalities and disadjusted bites. It is important to remember that orthodontic treatment for children and adolescents is different because the jaw is still developing in younger patients. In adulthood, these bones no longer grow, so orthognathic surgery may be required.

What is involved in orthognatic surgery?

The majority of patients would undergo orthodontic treatment before surgery in order to align their teeth for proper fit after the surgery. A proper alignment of the teeth is usually a prerequisite to scheduling surgery. As part of the surgical procedure, braces are left in place to assist in stabilising the jawbones and teeth. Following surgery, orthodontic treatment is required to achieve final alignments of teeth, which will complement the newly symmetrical face.

What are the benefits?

A beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime is often the most rewarding aspect of orthognathic surgery. No matter whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.

What problems does orthognatic surgery correct?

Jawbone discrepancies can be caused by hereditary factors, trauma, or developmental problems. There are several common aesthetic concerns which are corrected. They include a protruding or receding chin, unsightly gum tissue above the top front teeth, difficulty making contact with the lips when relaxed, and an overall elongated appearance. 

Are there any risks?

Surgical procedures are not without risk. It should be noted, however, that surgical orthodontic procedures are not new or experimental; they are routinely performed in hospitals on a regular basis. If you require surgical orthodontics, we will work with an oral surgeon to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

How long does the orthognatic surgery process take?

There is more to orthognathic surgery than just one procedure. In this process, orthodontic treatment is used to prepare the teeth for the jaw surgery, the operation itself, recovery from the surgery, and then more orthodontic treatment in the following months. Between two and three years may be required for the jaw surgery process.

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