Sammamish, WA, Orthodontist for Corrective Jaw Treatment
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
When patients have abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and teeth, many opt for corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) to treat and correct them. These abnormalities can interfere with your ability to chew, talk, and enjoy everyday activities, as well as lead to sleep apnea, snoring, and TMJ pain. Our Sammamish, WA, Orthodontist for corrective jaw treatment corrects these concerns and, when paired with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of your facial profile.
How Orthodontic Treatment Helps
Dr. Manley uses the most advanced technology and works 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. In fact, in some cases, jaw surgery may not even be necessary with the use of orthodontic care and treatment, thanks to the latest technologies in orthodontics. During your initial smile assessment, Dr. Manley will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
Dr. Manley prides himself on working to transform the smiles and lives of his patients. Christian Manley Orthodontics employs 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!
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
Palate Expander: Proper Fit For Upper & Lower Teeth
To help with a crossbite, crowding, or even impacted teeth, palatal expanders are often put in place while children are still growing. These appliances are used to broaden the upper jaw so that the upper teeth fit properly together out and over the lower teeth. The palate expander 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, which is done slowly to minimize discomfort. Once the palate is expanded to the correct width as determined by Dr. Manley, the patient is instructed to stop turning the screw. The appliance remains in place until the soft cartilage in the palate fills in. From start to finish, this entire process typically takes only 4 – 6 months.
Once the appliance is taken out, it is replaced with a removable retainer 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. However, oftentimes it 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.
Herbst Appliance: Improved Jaw Function
While braces and orthodontics can help build your child’s self-confidence, another great benefit is the improved function of their jaw. If you notice that your child has an overbite that traditional treatment can’t correct, Dr. Manley may recommend the Herbst appliance. The Herbst appliance is used in conjunction with 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.
How does it work? The Herbst appliance uses a metal tube, which is attached 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. If you want to learn more about the Herbst appliance, reach out to one of our Christian Manley Orthodontics team members today!
Invisalign Mandibular Advancement: Functional & Comfortable
Traditional appliances to correct jaw positioning can be bulky and uncomfortable. Invisalign aligners with mandibular advancement feature can straighten your teeth and move your jaw forward at the same time. And their precision wings offer a comfortable, patient-friendly alternative to those bulky appliances. The precision wings on the Invisalign aligners will slowly push the lower jaw forward to grow into the right position, not only improving the bite but also enhancing the appearance of your profile.
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