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Surgical Orthodontics Specialist

Reese Orthodontics

Karen Reese, DDS, MS

Orthodontist located in New Hope, MN & Chanhassen, MN

Braces and clear aligners can do a lot for your smile, but you might need surgery if you have severe issues with your bite. At Reese Orthodontics in Chanhassen and New Hope, Minnesota, orthodontist Karen Reese, DDS, MS, evaluates you and decides whether or not surgical orthodontics are necessary for your treatment plan. Then, she refers you to an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon to carry out the procedure. To learn more about surgical orthodontics and find out if you need them in your plan, call Reese Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.

Surgical Orthodontics Q&A

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is an invasive type of orthodontic treatment that can make more drastic changes than braces or clear aligners alone. You may need surgery in conjunction with your braces or aligners to achieve optimal alignment in your bite. 

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs jaw-correction surgery to set you up for a successful orthodontic treatment. There are many corrective surgical procedures, and Dr. Reese coordinates with your surgeon to determine the right kind to use. Your surgery might involve pushing your lower jaw forward, removing some of your lower jawbone to push it back, or removing some of the bone in your upper jaw to close an open bite.

When is orthodontic surgery necessary?

There are many cases in which orthodontic surgery is necessary. If your misalignment is particularly severe and you never had early orthodontic treatment as a child, there is only so much that braces and other orthodontic treatments can do. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Reese might recommend orthodontic surgery if you have:

  • A protruding lower jaw
  • A weak chin
  • An open bite
  • An unbalanced or asymmetrical face
  • An inability to close your mouth completely
  • Birth defects
  • A facial injury or deformity

With surgery, your full treatment may take several years to finish. Dr. Reese can tell you exactly what your surgery will entail and which orthodontic treatments you’ll need in the future. Once your treatment is complete, you may find it easier to speak clearly, chew your food, and breathe properly. 

What happens during an orthodontic surgery consultation?

Before you undergo surgery, you should attend a consultation with Dr. Reese at Reese Orthodontics. During your consultation, she examines the shape of your face and the positions of your teeth and jaw. She may also use digital X-rays and other technology to see the inner structures of your teeth and jaw. 

If Dr. Reese determines that orthodontic surgery is necessary to reach your goals, she refers you to a trusted, experienced oral surgeon. She and your surgeon communicate and coordinate your care to fit your needs and achieve your desired results efficiently.

To learn more about orthodontic surgery and find out if it’s necessary for your orthodontic treatment plan, call Reese Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.