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Do I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. These abnormalities can interfere with your ability to chew, talk, sleep apnea, snoring, TMJ pain, and enjoy your everyday activities. Orthognathic Surgery corrects these concerns and when paired with orthodontic treatment will improve the overall appearance of your facial profile.
How Can Orthodontic Treatment Help?
Dr. Manley employs the latest technology and partners with you to better educate you on the overall function and benefit of corrective jaw surgery. Christian Manley Orthodontics utilizes computerized treatment planning to minimize your treatment times, recovery periods, and the overall efficacy of your surgery. Jaw surgery may be not even be necessary with the use of orthodontic care and treatment. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this can sometimes be the case. Dr. Manley will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you during your initial smile assessment.
Dr. Manley prides himself on working to transform the smiles and lives of his patients. Christian Manley Orthodontics uses the latest orthodontic technology available to help treat your condition so jaw surgery is the last possible option. For more information on the jaw surgery, braces or orthodontic treatment, click here to schedule your Manley Smile Assessment today!
Braces and orthodontics offer countless benefits, like an increase in self-confidence. Another great benefit that is often overlooked is the improved function of your jaw. You may notice that your child has an overbite, that typical treatment is unable to correct. The Herbst appliance, is used in conjunction with your braces to shift the lower jaw into the perfect alignment. Without proper treatment, having an improper bite may threaten the overall health of your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw function.
The Herbst appliance uses a metal tube, connected to your child’s molars to connect the lower and upper jaw. Routine adjustments allow Dr. Manley to control the position of the jaw, as it relates to the upper teeth. On average, the Herbst appliance treatment time is 12 months. Be sure to discuss any questions you have regarding the Herbst appliance with one of our Christian Manley Orthodontics team members today!
Palatal expanders are often put in place while a child is still growing, in order to help with crossbite, crowding, even impacted teeth. They are used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper teeth fit properly together out and over the lower teeth. The appliance is cemented in place on the upper teeth (usually molars) and patients and/or parents are taught how to advance the screw of the expander on a daily basis. The screw is expanded slowly to minimize discomfort. Once the palate is expanded to the correct width determined by your orthodontist, the patient is instructed to stop turning the screw. The appliance remains in place until the soft cartilage in the palate fills in. This entire process normally takes only 4 – 6 months, start to finish.
The appliance is then removed and a removable retainer is placed to maintain the expansion until most of the permanent teeth erupt. Palatal expanders will not prevent the need for braces when all the permanent teeth erupt, but often times will eliminate the need for extraction of permanent teeth to create space or invasive jaw surgery to correct the growth discrepancy after the jaws fully develop.
Come experience Christian Manley Orthodontics! You will see we offer effective corrective jaw treatment to patients in and around Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Redmond, Bellevue, Newcastle, Maple Valley, Carnation, Fall City, Renton and Northbend, Washington (WA).