At Alamo City Orthodontics, treatments like traditional braces or clear aligners are enough for most patients to straighten their teeth and create a healthy smile. But in some more severe cases, Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. may recommend other orthodontic services, like surgical orthodontics.
Corrective jaw surgery can change the alignment and orientation of the jaw to fix these issues. Combined with conventional orthodontic treatment, it can lay the groundwork to create a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime. When you schedule an initial consultation for surgical orthodontics, we will help you learn more about our office and understand your treatment options.
Surgical Orthodontics Defined
What is surgical orthodontics? Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is a corrective jaw surgery performed to remedy skeletal problems. Corrective jaw surgery is a procedure that can fix many abnormalities and problems that can develop in the teeth, jawbone, or other facial bones and cause problems with your bite.
The Treatment Process
Corrective jaw surgery, just like any of our other orthodontic treatments, begins with a consultation appointment at our San Antonio office. During this consultation, you’ll talk with Dr. Gonzalez about your orthodontic condition, available treatment options, and whether jaw surgery is right for you.
If you and Dr. Gonzalez decide that jaw surgery is the best treatment option, he’ll create a detailed treatment plan to put you on the path to a new smile. Jaw surgery is an invasive operation and can have a significant recovery period.
Still, at our office, we’re proud to incorporate state-of-the-art technology that makes treatment as convenient and comfortable as possible. From low-dose radiation digital imaging to computerized treatment planning, we minimize treatment time and improve recovery periods so you can get your new smile sooner. We also use high-quality, durable materials such as titanium implants and miniature screws to ensure that your jaw is stable.
We do our best to minimize surgical intervention whenever possible, and we’ll only recommend surgical orthodontics if orthodontic treatment alone can’t correct the problem. But this process looks different for every patient, so the only way to determine if orthognathic surgery is right for you is to book an initial consultation with our San Antonio orthodontist. This consultation will let Dr. Gonzalez formulate a complete diagnosis, allowing you and your orthodontist to choose the best treatment option and create a detailed plan for your new smile.
Some problems may be genetic, while others can develop from bad childhood habits like prolonged thumb-sucking or mouth breathing. Still, in any case, these issues can cause problems with critical functions like eating, sleeping, and even breathing if left untreated.
The cost of corrective jaw surgery ranges from $3,000 to $80,000. However, some insurance companies consider jaw surgery medically necessary when an individual has skeletal irregularities that cause sleep apnea, discomfort, speech impediments, difficulty chewing or swallowing, and excessive wear on the teeth. If this is the case, then surgical orthodontics costs could be covered by health insurance.
Meet with a Surgical Orthodontist in San Antonio, TX
Jaw surgery isn’t necessary for every patient, but for those who need it, it can make a life-changing difference in your smile. If you’d like to find out if jaw surgery or another orthodontic treatment is right for you, don’t wait: take the first step and reach out to us by calling 210-344-9295 or messaging us online. We can’t wait to hear from you!