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, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

How Do I Know If I Need Surgical Orthodonitcs


Your orthodontist can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery.

When Might Surgical Orthodontics Be Needed?

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. In order 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 orthodontic braces will then be used to move the teeth into their proper position.

How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work With Orthodontic Treatment?

If you decide to move forward with an Orthognathic Surgery treatment option you will need to have a referral from your Medical Primary Care Physician, such as Kaiser, Sutter, etc to the Orthognathic Surgeon or Oral Maxiofacial Department. We will provide you with a request for that referral and most times you can simply email your primary care physician for the referral to the specialist. Once you have the consultation with your specialist scheduled and prior to us moving any teeth, you will need to have a set of study models made by our office. You will take the models and your most current xrays from our office with you to that consultation.
Once approved by your medical insurance or surgeon you will begin Orthodontic treatment with Holt Orthodontics. You will be in active treatment with us for 9-12 months prior to your surgery date and approximatly 6 months after surgery. You will finish up like all other orthodontic patients with a set of retainers and follow up care.


Getting Started With Treatment

If treatment sounds like it is the right fit for you, call or text us to set up a complimentary consultation. During this consultation, one of our experienced doctors will:

Review your dental and medical history

Perform a complete oral exam

Help you determine if treatment is the best route for you

Create you a customized treatment plan with before and after simulation

Discuss flexible payment plan options and insurance benefits if applicable

What Are The Rewards Of Having Orthognathic Surgery?

For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is correcting a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality that caused them excessive wear and pain.The icing on top is achieving a beautiful smile. No matter your specific need for orthognathic surgery it can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence with a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.


We Only Deliver Winning Smiles

New patients get a free smile assessment that includes digital x-rays, photos, and a complete digital scan with simulation to see what the final outcome would look like ($350 value)