At Arch Orthodontics, we believe that a beautiful smile is the cornerstone of a renewed sense of confidence and a higher quality of life. That’s why we specialize in surgical orthodontics, a solution for those facing severe orthodontic conditions that require more than braces. Under the expert care of Dr. Sue Hong, we’re committed to ensuring our patients receive the best treatment possible, tailored to their unique needs.

What is Surgical Orthodontics?

Also known as orthognathic surgery, surgical orthodontics is used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. This treatment isn’t solely about aesthetics but also about improving functionality — ensuring your jaws work together correctly to improve your bite and overall oral health.

When is Surgical Orthodontics Needed?

Surgical orthodontics is typically recommended for adults whose jaws have stopped growing — usually by age 16 for females and 18 for males. This treatment is necessary when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone.

The Process of Orthognathic Surgery

Comprehensive Evaluation

Your journey begins with a thorough evaluation at our Richmond Heights or Hazelwood, MO offices. We’ll determine if orthognathic surgery is the most effective treatment for you.

Collaborative Approach

If surgery is needed, Dr. Hong will work closely with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The procedure itself is performed in a hospital setting and can take several hours, depending on the complexity of the case.

Recovery and Results

Post-surgery, patients typically require a two-week rest period. We recommend planning some time away from work or school to ensure a smooth recovery. Following the healing process, braces are usually necessary for six to 12 months, after which a retainer helps maintain your new, stunning smile.

Risks and Rewards

Like any major surgical procedure, orthognathic surgery comes with potential risks. However, it’s a procedure that has been successfully performed for many years. We’re dedicated to answering any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring you feel confident and informed.

The rewards of surgical orthodontics are immeasurable. Beyond achieving a beautiful and healthy smile, the surgery can improve your quality of life, including enhanced chewing function, improved speech, and long-term oral health.

Ready to Transform Your Smile?

If you’re facing orthodontic issues that require surgical intervention, don’t wait any longer. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation. Whether you’re located in Clayton, Maplewood, Brentwood, Florissant, Bridgeton, or neighboring communities, Arch Orthodontics is here to guide you through your smile transformation journey.

Start your journey to a radiant, confident smile with us today!