Surgical Orthodontic Treatment

Here at McDonald Orthodontics, we are proud to offer surgical treatments for our orthodontic patients.

Patients requiring surgical orthodontic treatments need to consult both with their orthodontist and a maxillofacial surgeon to get the proper care.

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Surgical orthodontics refers to invasive procedures needed to correct jaw developmental problems or esthetic concerns. These procedures require a patient’s jaw to finish growing past age sixteen or eighteen, depending on the subject.

If a patient’s jaws are not aligned correctly, and their condition cannot be corrected with orthodontic appliances, we may recommend surgical options to solve the problems. Surgery helps realign your jaws to enable orthodontic treatment.

In some cases, surgery might not be necessary, so you must discuss your case with your orthodontist and another specialist. Maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental health professionals certified to perform various types of orthognathic surgery.

Both specialists will discuss treatment options and order for your case. If you require surgery, you will need to receive treatment in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. These procedures vary wildly in length depending on the patient’s needs.

Take Rest After Your Oral Surgery in Salem

Take your time. After the surgery is complete, you will need some time to recover fully. It won’t hurt if you ask for two weeks off school or work to heal properly. Afterward, your Salem orthodontist will continue their work to straighten your teeth.

Orthodontic treatment post-surgery may take anywhere from six months to a year to achieve the desired results. Still, every patient is different. You have to keep in mind the need for retainers after completing your treatment’s primary phase to ensure there are no relapses.


There are potential risks to every surgical intervention, such as infection. However, orthognathic surgeries are generally safe, and the professionals taking care of you have considerable experience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask your orthodontist or the surgeon any questions, or give us a call today at (503) 585-5400.

It’s time you get the smile you deserve!

Frequently Asked Questions

Surgical orthodontics is the invasive procedure required to treat the most challenging cases of skeletal growth abnormalities and dental malalignment. When we cannot fix your alignment problems with orthodontics alone, you will need surgical orthodontics.

This will depend on each case. Usually, we will be done with your treatment in a single session, leaving you only with the recovery process to worry about. Make sure you consult with an orthodontist to learn more about what your case requires.

Wherever a patient requires orthognathic surgery, they will still need some time with an orthodontic appliance. A patient may need to wear braces before and after their surgical procedure to fix their smile.

There is no right age at which your procedure will be most efficient; however, patients should only undergo this treatment after their bones have stopped growing. This will vary on several factors, but it will still have to wait until after your teenage years.

You may have to stay in the hospital for one to two days, but this will all depend on the type of surgery you require and the severity of your case. Please refer to a team of qualified specialists to learn more.