What to Expect with Orthodontic Surgery
Before jaw surgery, there is typically a pre-surgical phase where your teeth are aligned and moved into an ideal position. Then there is a post-surgical phase where the bite treatment occurs, shifting your teeth again. Each case is different so all orthodontic surgery procedures and timelines will vary. An oral surgeon will be involved in the actual surgery of your upper and/or lower jaw.
Orthodontic surgery on your upper jaw can involve shifting it backward, forward, upward, and downward. For lower jaw surgery, the surgeon can move your jawbone forward or backward. Scheduling a consult with Dr. Hardy to find out which treatment is best for you during the pre-surgical and post-surgical phases will help keep you informed on your care and prepared to make sound treatment decisions.
Typically, you will need to wait at least two weeks after surgery before resuming your normal activities, but following the instructions of your oral surgeon for your specific case is essential. A follow-up visit with Dr. Hardy will occur approximately one month after your surgical orthodontics procedure for an evaluation. Most patients can expect that they will be in braces 6-12 months following their surgical orthodontics procedure. Dr. Hardy will check the progress of your smile and jaw alignment with regularly scheduled appointments.