You’ve all heard of people being described as having an underbite or an overbite. Perhaps, you have heard of someone having a “weak chin” or a “bulldog bite?” Well, in some cases, these individuals are unable to chew because their bones aren’t lined up properly. Dr. Foley works with a team of local oral surgeons and general dentists to achieve optimal results. Before surgery, braces move the teeth into positions that will be good for their post-surgical relationships.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has a very useful information, and a video, that explains orthognathic surgery. Click here to be directed to their site.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities.
Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile. Dr. Foley works with a number of surgeons who routinely perform orthognathic surgery.
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.