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Kingston, ON  K7P 2X2
(613) 634-2216

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but not the orthodontist. Apples should be avoided, as their hard texture may cause problems with your braces.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but not the orthodontist. Apples should be avoided, as their hard texture may cause problems with your braces.

Surgical Orthodontics

The proper position of teeth and bite is highly dependent on the relationship of the upper and lower jaws to each other. If the jaws have grown improperly then it is impossible to correctly align the teeth. Therefore, in some cases it is necessary to consider jaw (orthognathic) surgery in order to achieve a proper result.  Orthodontic treatment prior to surgery is required to reverse any adaptations of the teeth that have occurred as a result of the incorrect jaw relationship.  Jaw surgery then takes place to properly align the jaws to each other.  The braces are still in place for the surgery to allow elastics to be used to enable jaw healing.  No longer are patients “wired” shut in contrast to previous techniques. Typically a week of recovery is necessary and approximately six weeks after surgery the patient will return for orthodontic finishing treatment.  This may be required in order to correct any minor alignment discrepancies.

 

Retruded Lower Jaw

Patient CS – 21 years old, unhappy with retruded lower jaw position.  Total treatment time (including surgery) was 26 months

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Before treatment

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After treatment

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Anterior Openbite (Front teeth don’t touch)

Patient MC – 19 years old, “my front teeth don’t meet”.  Total treatment time (including surgery) was 22 months.

Before treatment

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After treatment 

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Retruded lower jaw, missing teeth

Patient WH – 19 years old, “my chin is really far back and I am missing teeth”.  Total treatment time (not including replacement of the missing tooth) was 24 months.

Before treatment

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After treatment

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Fully completed

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