For teens who will need a jaw surgery with their braces treatment. This treatment usually starts at age 16 1/2 to age 17. The jaw surgery will be 12 to 18 months after the start of braces. The braces will be on the teeth for the surgery as the surgeon will wan to use them for rubber band physical therapy for several months. After the surgery there will be finishing work with the braces. This can take 12 to 18 months depending on what needs to be done.
In general, the surgery is done the summer after high school graduation. We request patients to stay local for the first year or two of college so they can complete the treatment without delays. There can also be a plastic surgery procedure needed after the jaw surgery if the patient has a cleft lip.