Whoever calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 10:23
Faithfully Serving Flagler and
Palm Coast Since 1999
386.445.7671
Johnson Orthodontics
25 Pine Cone Dr, Ste 1
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Exceptional Value in Orthodontics

Call Now For a Complimentary Exam

386.445.7671

Exceptional Value in Orthodontics

Call Now For a Complimentary Exam

386.445.7671

Johnson Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

"A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life's worthwhile." - Author Unknown

What is surgical orthodontics?

Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery. To see some examples of surgical orthodontics go to Treatment Examples and scroll to the end of the page.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.

How does it work?

Orthodontic treatment before the surgery lasts 6-18 months. During this "pre-surgical" time with braces you will visit Dr. Johnson for scheduled adjustments. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment by the jaw surgery, the teeth will fit into their proper positions.

Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added or removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.

When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time, your orthodontist "fine-tunes" the way your teeth fit together. In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.

Recent Patients at Johnson Orthodontics

NEW BRACES

photo

NEW SMILES

photo

We want you and your family to have fun and be comfortable in our office. We have a fun monthly Patient of the Month Contest with a monthly drawing for various prizes for all ages to encourage good oral hygiene and cooperation. See Side Bar for recent winners.

Click Here to take a look at the archive of braces on and braces off

There has never been a better time to get the smile you've always wanted. Contact our office and schedule your complimentary exam to get started today. We look forward to meeting you and giving you something to smile about!