Invisalign Can Be Used for Treatment of Orthognathic Surgical Patients

Although patients who require orthognathic surgery need traditional braces for the actual surgical procedure, pre- and post-surgical orthodontic treatment can be completed using Invisalign.

Online PR News – 14-October-2010 – – MIAMI, FLORIDA -- Dr. Stephen Grussmark, a Miami Orthodontist, recently completed Invisalign orthodontic treatment on an 18-year-old patient who had required surgery to correct an underbite.

Grussmark said this patient serves as a good example to dispel the myth that patients on a surgery path are not Invisalign candidates.

Very often, patients who are thought to be surgical candidates can be treated with Invisalign- avoiding a surgical procedure, according to Grussmark. However, for those who require surgery, Invisalign can be used in the process leading up to the actual surgical procedure.

For the surgical procedure, said Grussmark, a Miami Invisalign expert who is designated as an Elite Premier Provider, the braces can be placed the week or even the day of surgery.

In the case of the 18-year-old patient, he needed Invisalign for just six months prior to surgery.

“Prior to any surgical correction, every case needs preliminary treatment,” he said. “The jaws won’t meet properly because the teeth are not in the right place, so we have to get the teeth in proper position so that when the surgery is done, the teeth will meet.”

About six weeks after surgery when the patient returned to Grussmark’s Miami orthodontics office, Grussmark gave him the option of finishing treatment with the brackets in place for about four months, or removing the brackets and completing the case with an additional four months of Invisalign wear.

The patient opted to keep the braces on to complete his treatment, which he did in September after wearing them for four months.

“He was in orthodontic treatment for a total of ten months, and he is the best-looking kid now,” Grussmark said.

The use of Invisalign to prepare patients for treatment has greatly improved the surgical preparation process, he said. Prior to Invisalign, Grussmark ( place braces on the patient to begin lining up the teeth and would observe the progress during the course of treatment.

“At each visit as we came closer to being surgically ready, we took impressions to fit the molds together to see if the teeth met properly,” Grussmark said. “Then we would perform the necessary adjustments.”

Sometimes this would mean going back and forth in movement, which prolonged treatment time. With Invisalign and its computerized virtual image of the teeth, this entire process is streamlined, allowing for an ideal dental set-up.

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