Surgical Orthodontics in Leander, TX

Orthodontic issues are of different types and severities. In most cases, we can correct the alignment of teeth and jaws with fixed braces, clear aligners, or removable appliances. However, if you suffer from severe jaw discrepancy that affects your facial profile and oral functions, our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Ash might suggest our surgical orthodontics in Leander, TX. It is an invasive treatment plan that involves surgical techniques to correct the positioning of teeth and jaws. Thanks to our professional expertise, you will have a healthy and beautiful smile!

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    Who Is Eligible For Surgical Orthodontics?

    If a patient has orthodontic problems such as misalignment of teeth, our conventional approach is to correct it using orthodontic appliances such as braces or aligners. Those with severe jaw irregularities that do not respond well to traditional measures can benefit from our surgical orthodontics treatment in Leander, TX. 

    However, not all patients are good candidates for this treatment. Our orthodontists will perform a detailed evaluation to determine your eligibility. We may recommend this procedure if you have: 

    • A severe jaw discrepancy that cannot be corrected by braces alone, such as a protruding jaw or receding chin. 
    • An irregular facial structure that affects your appearance. 
    • Functional issues such as difficulty in speaking, eating, or swallowing. 
    • A mature jaw that has stopped growing (above 16 for girls and above 18 for boys.)
    • A good overall health and oral hygiene. 

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    Stages of Surgical Orthodontics at Our Leander Practice

    The process of surgical orthodontics requires multiple appointments at our Leander, TX, practice, since it is a complex treatment. Our team of orthodontic experts will guide you through the whole procedure, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction at every step. It has the following stages: 

    • Consultation: First, we will perform an orthodontic examination to determine the severity of your issues. We will also record digital scans of your oral cavity to study your case and form a personalized treatment plan. 
    • Pre-surgical orthodontic treatment: Prior to the surgery, you will wear braces to align your teeth and prepare them for the final jaw position. This phase may take 12 to 18 months, depending on the complexity of your needs.
    • Orthognathic surgery:  The surgery takes place under anesthesia. We will make cuts in the jaw bones and move them into the desired position. The bones are then secured with plates, screws, or wires. The surgery may last for 2 to 3 hours. 
    • Post-surgical orthodontic treatment: After the surgery, you will need to rest for a few weeks. You may experience minor pain, swelling, or bruising, which will gradually subside. You will continue wearing braces for a few more months to achieve the desired results. 

    How Long Does It Take To Recover After Orthognathic Surgery?

    The recovery time after jaw surgery varies depending on the type and extent of the surgery, as well as your individual healing process. The initial healing period may require 6 to 7 weeks, but complete recovery can take up to 3 months. You may need to take two weeks off from work or school after your surgery and follow a soft diet. Avoid strenuous activities during this period and rest well to achieve better healing. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and advise you on the best practices for a smooth recovery.

    I've tried other places for straight teeth, but I've never had regrets about switching to here! Wonderful service, nothing but quality and professionalism. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I've never been happier with my smile!

    Ava Autry

    Amazing experience with Dr Ash and her new staff members. Dr Ash is very personable and took the time to answer all our questions. My daughter got her braces removed yesterday and we are super excited to see the results.

    Lavanya Koppaka

    All of the staff at Leander Orthodontics is wonderful! Dr. Ash goes above and beyond for her patients and has even called us at home herself to answer questions about my son's care.

    Joe Lundeen

    Dr. Ash is an awesome person and orthodontist! Her staff and her are ALWAYS so helpful! We've been nothing but enamored with their service from start to finish!

    Amy Lambert

    Book A Consultation Today

    If you are interested in improving your oral health and appearance with surgical orthodontics in Leander, TX, visit our practice or book an appointment today. You can reach out to us by calling at (512) 260-5300. At Leander Orthodontics, we value our patients and their needs!

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