When you think about braces, you’re probably motivated by having a lovely, straight smile. One that makes you feel attractive, confident, and happy.
But we often don’t hear much about the other ways the position of your teeth and bite alignment impact your body and quality of life.
Our team at Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R in Boca Raton, FL want to offer some insight into an often overlooked component of orthodontic treatment. We’re talking about how surgery can be used in conjunction with braces or aligner therapy to benefit you beyond simply straightening crooked teeth.
How You Can Benefit From Orthodontic Surgery
Here are just a few of the most common benefits our patients experience as a result of surgery integrated with their orthodontic treatment plan.
If you have an overbite or underbite, along with the way either could affect your ability to eat and speak comfortably and easily, can affect your appearance.
In the hands of an oral surgeon, you can improve your overall facial structure and appearance as part of your treatment plan to straighten your teeth.
An open bite is the result of a gap between your upper and lower set of teeth. This can create problems that traditional orthodontic treatment on its own can’t fully correct. Surgery may be a preferred strategy.
*Improved Jaw Function*
Your TMJ is an incredibly important joint. Just below your ears, that joint is under constant stress because it moves all day long.
When that joint is shifted out of place, whether slowly or suddenly, you experience uncomfortable, and often painful, consequences.
Orthodontic surgery can correct TMJ issues so your jaw joint functions properly and comfortably.
Believe it or not, even your sleep pattern can be disrupted by problems with your jaw alignment. Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition where you’re constantly being deprived of oxygen while you sleep, often because of an obstruction of your airways being caused by how your upper and lower jaw line up.
When that alignment is corrected by surgery, your sleep apnea symptoms subside and you’ll enjoy better rest and better health.
Two Final Notes About Orthodontic Surgery
At Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R, we have a team of highly-trained orthodontists ready to help you get the most out of your investment to correct your teeth and bite alignment problems.
That’s why we join forces with local oral and periodontal surgeons to coordinate a plan that’s perfectly suited to your needs, schedule, and budget.
Just to give you a general idea of how the process works, most of our cases that require some type of surgery will meet with our team in Boca Raton first.
We start you out with the most beneficial orthodontic treatment that will best correct the position of your teeth. You can typically expect to wear braces anywhere from six months to roughly 18 months or more, depending on your particular needs.
Dr. Wohlgemuth and Dr. Rothstein will monitor your progress throughout the course of your treatment, and then it’s time for surgery!
Now, why would we act like this is the exciting part? It’s because it tells us that you’re on the home stretch in your journey to having the smile you’ve always wanted. That’s not even counting the ways your surgical procedure itself will improve issues you may have had with pain, discomfort, or even facial structure.
After a month or two of healing, we make any final adjustments necessary to complete your treatment plan. It’s something we look forward to almost as much as our patients! We love, more than anything, seeing people light up at the end of their process because they’re so happy with their results. It’s truly one of the most rewarding parts of our job here at Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R!
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You already know the cosmetic reasons to seek help from an orthodontist.
But perhaps you haven’t made the connection between your crooked teeth and those seemingly unrelated symptoms that bother you everyday.
The uncomfortable muscle tension in face and neck, the pain you feel in your jaw when you chew, and the miserable headaches.
The professional you trust to help you find relief matters. An experienced, highly-trained orthodontist is waiting to help you in Boca Raton, FL.