Traditional Surgery Pathway

Traditionally, if your orthodontist suspects that you may need jaw surgery you will be referred for a jaw surgery consultation prior to the initiation of your orthodontic treatment.   At that time we will discuss the surgical options that are available and the typical timeline.  After your consultation with our office your orthodontist will begin your orthodontic treatment.  Keep in mind that you will typically be in braces for 6 months to 2 years prior to your jaw surgery.  When you are ready for surgery your orthodontist will notify you and our office.  We will see you in clinic 2-3 months prior to your planned surgical date to be sure that we are ready for your surgery.  You will be seen in our clinic one additional time 2-3 weeks prior to surgery for your pre-operative appointment.  After your surgery is completed you can expect to spend one night in the hospital.  Typically patients are discharged home the day after surgery.  We will then see you for follow up appointments at 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks and 6 months.  About six weeks after your surgery your orthodontist will see you and begin the final stages of your orthodontic treatment to fine tune your teeth.