Surgical Orthodontics



Braces can work wonders! But patients with a severe discrepancy between the position of their top and bottom jaws may be candidates for surgical orthodontics to correct issues with their bite or facial aesthetics. In these cases, orthodontic treatment is combined with corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, to provide an ideal smile.  

When is surgery needed?

Some instances in which corrective jaw surgery is recommended are:

  • Severe jaw imbalance (underdevelopment or excessive growth of one or both jaws, crossbite, underbite)
  • Functional problems (chewing or breathing/airway)
  • Cosmetic concerns regarding profile or facial asymmetry

A Streamlined Process.

In cases requiring corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Collins will work closely with a local oral surgeon to develop a customized treatment plan that focuses on addressing your concerns. Once a combined orthodontic/orthognathic surgery plan is made, the treatment timeline is usually as follows:

  • Braces are worn for an average of 8-12 months to align teeth in preparation for jaw surgery
  • Corrective jaw surgery is performed by the oral surgeon
  • Orthodontic treatment is continued for 8-12 months to perfect the smile and ensure the bite is ideal

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Collins and his team are here to create the smile you want. Book an appointment today!