Many patients across the nation suffer from an abnormal bite, whether it is overbite, crossbite or underbite. Abnormal bite patterns are best treated at an early age; this way an orthodontist can take advantage of the adaptability of the growing and developing upper and lower jaws. Dr. Fontaine also offers treatment options for adults.
An abnormal bite typically results in difficulty with routine activities, such as sleeping, chewing and talking.
In many cases, using fixed braces or Invisalign braces can align the jaws. More severe cases require orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic, or corrective jaw surgery, corrects facial bone abnormalities, specifically those related to teeth and jaws. Orthognathic surgery can alleviate problems associated with an abnormal bite and improve the look of your facial profile with the help of braces.
Oral surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons use state-of-the-art digital imaging technology when performing orthognathic surgery. The surgeons will explain to you the aesthetic and functional benefits of orthognathic surgery prior to your surgery. Surgeons reduce the amount of time spent on surgery and recovery and improve the effectiveness of your procedure, by using computerized treatment planning. Surgeons use materials such as miniature screws and titanium plates to ensure predictability, stability and strength. You can return to your normal routine not long after surgery, because these technological advances reduce the amount of time spent recovering.
In some cases, braces can correct problems related to the jaw. Dr. Fontaine and his staff of experienced assistants can determine if you need orthognathic surgery. If orthognathic surgery is the necessary treatment for your facial bone abnormalities, surgery will be performed two-thirds of the way through your orthodontic treatment plan. Dr. Fontaine and his team will work alongside your oral or maxillofacial surgeon to discuss the necessary surgery and how it fits into his orthodontic correction treatment. Your braces will resume post-surgery.