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Deborah A. Ferrer DMD, MS, PA
16223 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33027
954-433-4544
Monday - Thursday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-2

Surgical Orthodontics

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What is surgical orthodontics?

Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient�s ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial esthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.

How does it work?

During your orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts 6-18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions. Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon, and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented. When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4-8 weeks), your orthodontist "fine-tunes" your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.

New Lip Lengthening Procedure

IMG_1851We are excited to offer many cosmetic surgery options at Westside Orthodontics. We offer a lip lengthening procedure (lengthening cheiloplasty) in addition to botox and dermal fillers. The lip lengthening procedure can be done under a local anesthetic in less than 30 minutes. Patients only experience minimal discomfort.

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Oral Surgery

West Side Ortho Pedo is proud to offer Oral Surgery. The specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery requires an extensive period of hospital-based training ranging from 4-6 years. During this time frame, the oral and maxillofacial surgery resident will spend time in many areas including anesthesiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, ICU (intensive care), general surgery, otolaryngology (ENT) plastic surgery and neurosurgery. Additionally, an extended period of time and concentration is spent developing expertise and experience specifically relating to surgery of the mouth, jaws and face, including:
  • Dental Implant Surgery
  • Bone Grafting
  • Wisdom Tooth Removal
  • Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
  • Facial Trauma
  • TMJ Surgery
  • Pathology & Reconstruction
  • Facial cosmetic Surgery

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