Surgical orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. 

If you need surgical orthodontics, we will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure you receive the best care possible. 

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Surgical orthodontics

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males. To receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and braces will then be used to move your teeth into their proper position. 

We will tell you if you need orthognathic surgery as part of your treatment plan. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. 

How does orthognathic surgery work? 

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on your individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, we will once again “fine-tune” your bite. After surgery, you will have to wear braces, but most are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile. 

Surgical orthodontics

What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?

As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks from having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you're concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us. 




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  • Ruth

    Appointment Coordinator

    Hello, my name is Ruth and I am the one who answers the phone, makes your appointments and welcomes you to our office. I've been here for elevenyears now and really enjoy my work. Dr. Fillman is very talented and I've entrusted him with the smiles of my own children. I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day, meeting and getting to know our patients and parents.

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    Hi, my name is Claudia. I have many years of office experience and am honored to be working with the team at Fillman Orthodontics. I am here for you from the very beginning, helping to start you on your path to a great smile. The best part of my job.... meeting each of you and getting to know so many really nice people.

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  • They provide excellent and knowledgeable service and care. The staff is kind and sensitive. Dr. Fillman personally takes care of his patients and communicates clearly every step of the treatment, showing the progress achieved and explaining the next steps. We love Fillman Orthodontics!
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Before and afters

Paula 18


Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. She loves her new smile

What are the benefits of orthognathic surgery?

For many patients, the greatest benefit of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with pride for many years to come. 

Want to start your journey to a beautifully straight smile? Book your free consultation with the friendly Fillman Orthodontics team today. 


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