Orthognathic or Jaw Surgery aims to improve both the functionality (the ability to chew better with a better occlusion or 'bite') and the cosmetic (a more balanced facial appearance) aspects of your jaw and teeth. The procedure will move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship. Think of it as the surgery improving the fit between your jaws and the orthodontics improving the fit of your teeth and bite.
Invisalign and Jaw Surgery
The latest Invisalign products from Aligntech allow Dr. Kunik to prescribe an ideal corrective solution for your specific orthodontic needs. In the case of jaw surgery, orthodontics is often required to properly position the teeth prior to the surgery. Dr. Kunik's approach differs from most other orthodontists in that, the patient's cosmetic needs come first. The traditional orthodontist / surgeon's approach is to treat the malocclusion with brackets because the surgeon will need the brackets to attach a splint to stabilize the jaw post surgery. With this type of prescription the patient would be wearing metal braces exclusively for up to 2 years.
The Invisalign approach to jaw surgery allows the patient to experience all the advantages of invisible aligners have over metal braces both pre and post surgery. Dr. Kunik treats the patient using Invisalign up until the week of surgery at which point Dr. Kunik would provide the patient with traditional braces. Then after surgery, the traditional braces come off and if no other corrections are necessary, the patient would be fitted for retainers. If further correction was necessary a few more trays of Invisalign would be used before the retainers were fitted.
Benefits of Invisalign & Jaw Surgery
- Often treated without any braces.
- Convenient removable Invisalign aligners.
- Dr. Kunik works with the best oral surgeons in the business.