Certain circumstances arise where orthodontic treatment alone will not be sufficient to align the teeth and jaws. These situations are never taken lightly and are always thoroughly discussed, planned and reviewed.
If the discrepancy between the upper and lower jaw is severe then an interdisciplinary approach, combining orthodontics and surgical treatment can be considered. It is important to note that surgery is always reserved as last resort.
If so indicated, an orthodontic and surgical treatment plan is carefully developed in collaboration between the orthodontist, a maxillofacial surgeon and the patient.
Surgical treatment is only performed after growth and development is fully completed, which is usually when the patient is in their twenties. Treatment at this stage ensures the most predictable and stable surgical outcome.