Using braces and clear aligners, Dr. Cordes is able to solve the majority of orthodontic issues our patients have, but in cases of severe bite misalignments, sometimes orthognathic surgery is the only solution. Dr. Cordes will work with one of his hand-picked oral surgeons to perform these kinds of procedures while keeping a patient completely comfortable. Afterwards, patients will experience an easy recovery as well as a much more functional and attractive smile.
Also called corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgery is often used to correct pronounced overbites and underbites that are too advanced for regular orthodontics alone. They are typically needed when one jaw has developed much slower than the other one, leading to an imbalance in the bite. At a consultation with Dr. Cordes, he will let you know whether you or your child could benefit from this type of treatment. For this procedure, the jaw can be shortened by removing a small portion of the jawbone or lengthened. Patients are fully sedated for orthognathic surgery, meaning they sleep through the entire procedure and wake up with no memory of it afterward.