There is a saying that a house is only as strong as its foundation. Your facial bone structure is that foundation of your smile, and, like a house, has a great deal to do with the appearance of your smile. Those bones also affect how your mouth works in general. Any kind of abnormal bone formation can make it difficult for your mouth to do what you need it to do.
Our top Indiana Orthodontist at Orthodontic Affiliates are not blind to the knowledge that some problems go beyond traditional orthodontic treatment. Surgical orthodontics is sometimes necessary if we want to be able to treat our patients in the most effective way possible. Surgery may be the best way to fix the foundation of your smile, and we are here to help you do just that.
Facial surgery is a bit different from what you would think of when you think of a normal surgical procedure. Traditional surgery normally leaves a scar or some other visible sign that the procedure was completed. With oral corrective surgery, there are no scars or marks the majority of the time. This is because the surgery can be completed inside your mouth. What is performed will depend directly on what your problems are. Dr. Schmidt will go over your options once we have evaluated your current facial structure.
There are many conditions that can be helped with facial or jaw surgery. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ as it is commonly referred to, is one type of issue that can be treated with surgery. Sleep apnea is another condition where surgery may be an option. The three most common orthodontic issues that we’ve addressed with surgery are:
Open bite – This is when your teeth do not touch fully when you close your mouth because of a gap between your upper and lower teeth.
Protruding lower jaw – This looks like an underbite and is more effectively treated with oral surgery than with an oral appliance.
Weak chin – This refers to when a person has a receding lower chin. This resembles an overbite, and like a protruding lower jaw, it is more effectively corrected with surgery.
Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt, Indiana Orthodontist work as part of a surgical team to correct your facial imbalance. Along with an oral surgeon, they will evaluate your condition and find the most effective treatment to correct it. This type of collaborative approach allows us to treat you in a highly efficient and effective manner.
Your smile is an important part of who you are. Making sure it is as good as it can be is something we take great pride in here at Orthodontic Affiliates with Surgical Orthodontics. Top Indiana Orthodontist Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt care about you as a person and as one of our patients, and that’s why we’re here to help even the most complicated cases. Call us today at 888-722-5033 to schedule your consultation. You may also use our online form. A member of our staff will get in touch with you as quickly as possible.
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