Will I look very different after the
You will almost certainly look different to
some degree. How different, usually
depends on how much movement of the
jaws is required. You should discuss this
with your orthodontist/ oral and
How long will the overall treatment
It usually takes 12 - 36 months but will
vary according to how severe your case
is. Failed and cancelled appointments or
repeated breakages of the brace will add
to the overall treatment time.
How often will I need an appointment?
You will need frequent and regular
appointments with the orthodontist during
treatment for the brace to be adjusted.
Do I still need to see my regular
Yes. It will be important you still have
check-ups with your regular dentist
throughout orthodontic treatment. Your
orthodontist will not be checking your
teeth for decay.
If you have any further questions that
you feel you would like to ask, then
please write them down and bring
them with you to your next appointment.
It is important you fully understand
what is involved in having orthodontic
treatment before you decide to go
ahead.If you are considering having
orthodontics and jaw surgery you may
have a number of questions you would
Why might I need surgery?
In order to correct the position of the
teeth and provide a functioning bite, the
supporting bones of the jaws must be in
the correct position. If this is not the
case, orthodontics alone will not correct
the bite. Surgery will be required to move
the jaws into the proper position so the
teeth will then meet correctly.
If I need jaw surgery, why do I also
If the jaws are to be moved into the
correct position, it is important your teeth
are moved so that they will meet properly
What type of brace will I need to wear?
Fixed braces are used prior to jaw
surgery because they permit the most
accurate positioning of the teeth prior to
The bite before surgery
The bite after surgery
Are the braces removed just before
No, the braces remain in position during
and after the operation for a number of
months. During the operation they help
the surgeon to position the jaws correctly.
After the operation they help the
orthodontist fine tune the bite with the aid
of elastic bands.
How will the operation be done?
The majority of the operation will be done
from inside your mouth.
Will my jaws be wired together?
Patients having jaw surgery used to have
their teeth wired together for 6 - 8 weeks
afterwards. However, this is now fairly
unusual, as small metal plates are used
to hold the fracture sites together. These
plates are on the surface of the bone but
beneath the skin, and generally remain in
place forever. Very occasionally they are
removed at a later date.
How long will I be in hospital?
This varies, but in general between 3 - 5
Can I eat normally?
Yes, up until the operation you should be
able to eat normally. For your orthodontic
treatment to work well and in the shortest
possible time it is important you take care
of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent
damage to both, you should avoid the
• Toffees, boiled sweets, sugared
chewing gum, chocolate bars, etc.
• Fizzy drinks including diet drinks,
excessive amounts of fruit juice.
• Hard foods which might damage the
brace such as crunchy apples, crusty
bread rolls, etc.
Hard foods can be eaten with care if you
cut them up first.
After the operation you will have a more
liquid diet for the first few weeks.
However, the dietician at the hospital will
advise you about this nearer the time.
Are there any after effects?
You will have some swelling and bruising
after the operation. This will rapidly begin
to subside over the first 2 - 3 weeks. For
operations on the lower jaw it is fairly
common to have some numbness of the
lower lip for some weeks or months
afterwards. In a very small number of
cases a residual area of numbness will
remain. This numbness will not affect
movement of your lip, only the feeling in it,
in a similar way to an injection at the
dentist. As with any operation, you will
have to take it easy for the first week or
two afterwards. You should therefore
expect to be off college/ work for at least
this length of time.
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