There is no question that oral and facial reconstructive surgery is far more successful today than it was just a few decades ago. All you need to do is look around you and you can find evidence of this. The number of folks with overbites and underbites has decreased dramatically. You rarely see them at all anymore, a testament to modern technology in the dental industry. Underbite surgery, one of the more difficult orthognathic procedures, is now almost as simple and painless as tooth extraction. If you have an underbite and have been told it’s almost impossible to correct, call our office and you will learn that statement is not true anymore.
Remember dental headgear? Some of you reading this may be too young to recall the days when teenagers were subjected to metal braces and unsightly headgear, but it used to happen. In the 1970’s and 80’s it was the only way to correct an underbite. The philosophy was that pulling the jaw back could be done with constant, elastic pressure that could only come from a contraption that wrapped around the head and pulled on the braces until the jaw realigned. To those who remember it firsthand from their childhood it has been compared to medieval torture.
Today, the procedure is much less dramatic, requires no headgear, and can be performed in an hour or two here in our office. Thanks to the tireless efforts of orthognathic surgeons in the past decade, we are now able to realign the jaw by adding or removing bone, a painless procedure that can correct an underbite or overbite. The seemingly impossible conditions that teens and pre-teens used to suffer with can now be avoided with these simple surgical procedures. Add that to the evolution of invisalign braces and our kids are getting off a whole lot easier than we did.
Corrective jaw surgery is nothing to fear, especially if you have it done here at the Oral and Facial Surgery Center. Dr Reed Day, a graduate of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, is one of the premier surgeons in the country with over twenty five years experience in the field. You do not have to suffer with that unsightly underbite any longer. Contact our office today and we’ll correct it for you – without headgear.