In a previous post, we discussed a how a periodontist – a dentist who specializes in the gums – may play a role in your orthodontic treatment. It's important to remember that it's sometimes necessary for a group of dental specialists to take a team approach when it comes to improving and maintaining your oral health. Today, we'll detail how an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may work directly with your New York orthodontist to improve your smile.
Who are they?
Just like an orthodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who has undergone several years of additional training after dental school. During this time, they are educated in how to treat diseases and injuries in the head, neck, face, jaws and mouth.
How does an oral and maxillofacial surgeon fit into orthodontic treatment?
Most issues with tooth misalignment can be resolved with braces. In more severe cases, however, when the actual jaw is misaligned, it is necessary for this to be surgically corrected. Individuals who suffer from misalignment often have difficulty chewing and biting food and have an unbalanced facial appearance.
If your orthodontist thinks that you would benefit from corrective jaw surgery, he or she will refer you to a surgeon for further evaluation. They will then work together to form a treatment plan that may include orthodontics before and after the procedure. While this form of treatment may take a bit longer than just getting braces, it will significantly improve your smile and oral health.
Looking for braces for adults? Contact the staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists today!