Surgical Orthodontics Specialist

RISUS Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Skokie, Glenview, & Northbrook, IL

With certain cases of severe malocclusions, traditional orthodontic treatment alone isn’t enough to enhance your smile. Luckily, the team at RISUS Orthodontics specializes in surgical orthodontics to supplement other options and straighten your teeth. With locations in Glenview, Northbrook, and Skokie, Illinois, you can always come in and find out if your smile would benefit from surgical orthodontics. To set up a visit, call the office, or book an appointment online.

Surgical Orthodontics Q & A

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics refers to a surgical procedure the team at RISUS Orthodontics uses to make braces available to patients dealing with severe bite issues, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. 

The procedure itself is performed by an oral surgeon who specializes in treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If your dental professional at RISUS Orthodontics determines that you need surgery before undergoing orthodontic treatment, they’ll connect you with an oral surgeon and oversee the process. 

Who is surgical orthodontics for? 

Surgical orthodontics is used to treat adult patients with improper bites and specific cosmetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops in your young adult years. In order to receive this type of surgery, your jaw must be done growing, which is why treatment is reserved for adults. 

You may need surgical orthodontics if your jaws don’t line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. This type of surgery will help properly align your jaw, and ensuing orthodontic appliances can then be used to shift your teeth into optimal position. 

How does surgical orthodontics work? 

The team at RISUS Orthodontics works with you to find an oral surgery that routinely performs surgery to correct jaw positioning and better prepare patients for orthodontic treatment. Specifics vary on a case-by-case basis, as no two patients are exactly alike. 

Your dental professional performs orthognathic surgery in a hospital setting, which typically takes at least a few hours. Once the surgery is complete, you’ll likely need a two-week rest period away from work or school. Remember, this procedure is only necessary for the most severe cases. 

After your jaw has healed from the procedure, you’ll come back into the office for minor adjustments. This part is simple and straightforward. With your newly repositioned jaw, you’ll be able to undergo orthodontic treatment. The next step is working with the team at RISUS Orthodontics to begin planning what type of orthodontic option is best for you. 

To set up a consultation at the office and learn more about surgical orthodontics at RISUS Orthodontics, call or use the online scheduling tool today.