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Am I A Candidate for Orthodontic Surgery?

There are several conditions for which orthodontic surgery may be your best option. Let’s explore what they are, and what you can expect if you decide to have an orthodontic surgery.

What Types of Orthodontic Surgeries Are There?

The proper alignment of your jaw is important for you to eat, speak, and breathe correctly. When there is a problem with the alignment of your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and its functions, it can cause chronic pain, tingling in your arms/legs, and a clicking or popping jaw. An orthodontic surgery realigns your jaw by moving it to improve the way it fits together.

Also, you may need a tooth removed to make room for the realignment of your teeth. Tooth extraction is a common orthodontic surgery.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Orthodontic Surgery?

You’re a good candidate for orthodontic surgery if:

  • Your teeth alignment can not be achieved by using braces or other dental appliances; if the problem is beyond these methods, orthodontic surgery may be your best option
  • Severe jaw misalignment
  • You have an open bite (upper and lower teeth do not meet when you bite down)
  • You have a malformed jaw (either too big or too small)

Recovery Process from Orthodontic Surgery

How long your recovery period will be after jaw surgery depends on the kind of surgery. Some people have lower jaw surgery only, and others only upper jaw surgery. Some individuals have both jaws operated on at the same time.

After the corrective jaw surgery procedure is done, your jaws will be wired or banded closed for a duration of time. This can be from two weeks to two months, depending on the extent of the operation.

Lower jaw surgery usually calls for the jaws to be immovable for about two weeks; upper or double jaw corrective surgery typically requires wiring/banding for approximately six to eight weeks, so that your bone can heal and become sufficiently sturdy for a soft diet.

During the time the jaws are wired/banded closed, you’ll be on a liquid diet that’s high in protein. Once the wiring or banding is removed, your jaw will be very tender and too fragile to chew regular food for about four to six weeks. A soft diet is needed during this time that consists of foods you don’t need to chew, such as rice, mashed potatoes, soups, and puddings. You can supplement your nutrition by liquifying vegetables and fruits.

Once you’re past the four to six week mark in your recovery after unwiring, you can gradually add foods that involve light chewing, such as cooked vegetables, boneless fish, and pasta.

If you chew and it hurts your jaw, stop. Pain means it’s too soon to be eating that certain food. You could need several months before you go back to your entire, regular diet, but you’ll get there. It’s important to have patience and heed the pain signals your body gives you to prevent any damage to your jaw while it’s healing.

Benefits of Orthodontic Surgery

People who undergo orthodontic surgery:

  • Have restored jaw function: improved chewing, speaking and breathing
  • Enjoy cosmetic improvements of a better facial appearance now that the jaw is properly aligned
  • No longer have to deal with pain/headaches from aching TMJ
  • Enjoy longer-lasting orthodontic results
  • Have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime

Dr. Doug Crosby is a leading provider of orthodontic surgery to the communities of Dallas and Richardson, Texas. He offers exceptional orthodontic care, bringing the latest techniques and technology to a comfortable environment. Schedule your orthodontic consultation by calling 972-680-9882 or fill out this form.

Braces vs. Retainers

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign

What are Braces?

Dental braces are orthodontic devices, generally made from thin, strong wires, used to gently realign teeth. A wide variety of tooth misalignment problems can be gradually corrected by braces – particularly, crooked or crowded teeth.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a brand of clear plastic spacers also used to fix a range of issues with tooth alignment. These spacers should be worn a minimum of about 23 hours every day, but they can be removed periodically for eating, cleaning, or sports.

Benefits of Each


  • Braces can correct the widest variety of issues and are suitable for patients of almost any age
  • They are relatively easy to care for and the underlying science behind them is well understood, so virtually all patients are ultimately successful with braces
  • Braces are relatively inexpensive and suitable for many budgets
  • Although they are not as subtle as Invisalign, many of today’s braces can be made from materials that blend in with the teeth for a more pleasing appearance
  • They are especially good for younger patients, who might find it more difficult to care for Invisalign spacers or to keep them in the mouth for the appropriate length of time.


  • Not quite as versatile as traditional braces, but tend to work faster
  • They can be removed any time the patient desires which can be a good when engaging in activities like contact sports, eating, or other hobbies.
  • They are undetectable in day to day situations
  • Requires fewer follow-up appointments than braces

Why One Might Be Better Than the Other


Braces tend to be inexpensive, are somewhat more versatile than Invisalign, and great for patients of all ages. Very rarely, people with certain known allergies to plastics may experience mild inflammation or other discomfort with Invisalign. In these cases, braces are the best course of treatment for long-term orthodontic health.


Invisalign is ideal for those who want superior aesthetic value from their orthodontic solution, such as performers or speakers. It is also great for athletes, particularly in fast-paced sports where occasional contact with the head may be unavoidable. It is very convenient, requiring no lifestyle changes and very little extra time spent on dental hygiene.

Who Makes a Good Candidate?

Invisalign clear braces may be right for patients aged 12 and up once permanent teeth have grown in. Patients must complete any pending dental treatment before they can start using Invisalign. People of any age with significant dental decay may be unable to use Invisalign.

Conventional braces can usually be placed starting at age 10. Because of the differences in how metallic braces work versus Invisalign, these are most effective if they are placed while the mouth and head are still growing – doing so can reduce the total time that treatment requires.

Adults of any age whose teeth are in otherwise healthy condition can also pursue braces or Invisalign spacers. When used correctly, either of these treatments will continue to produce desirable results, although the course of treatment may be somewhat longer.

Dr. Doug Crosby is a leading provider of both standard braces and Invisalign to the communities of Dallas and Richardson. He offers exceptional orthodontic care, bringing the latest techniques and technology to a comfortable environment. Contact us today to learn more.

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Should I Visit An Orthodontist Or A Dentist?

When your children have dental problems, such as tooth decay, you know that they should see a dentist. However, when they have problems that affect the way their teeth are lined up, you should be making an appointment for them to see an orthodontist instead.

Similarities Between Dentists and Orthodontists

Dentists and orthodontists both provide services that help patients maintain a healthy mouth and smile, but they do so in different ways. Orthodontists are all dentists and sometimes offer dentistry services, such as teeth cleanings or treatment for tooth decay, in addition to orthodontic care. However – not all dentists are orthodontists.

Differences Between Dentists and Orthodontists

Orthodontists and dentists have a similar education when it comes to dental care. Orthodontists also take classes in orthodontic care, which involves learning about problems with tooth alignment and how to provide treatment to correct these issues. Orthodontic care involves helping patients with problems such as teeth that are misaligned, teeth that are crowded, underbites and overbites. They can fit patients with braces, aligners or other orthodontic devices in order to correct problems with their bite or tooth alignment.

Reasons to Seek Orthodontic Care

When your children have teeth that don’t line up properly or other problems with their jaw, orthodontic care is designed to correct these issues. Bringing your children to a dentist for care won’t ensure that they receive the services they need to straighten teeth, correct misalignments or correct jaw problems.

An orthodontist has the training, education and equipment needed to provide your children with the right care. Keep in mind that having tooth misalignment or a bite problem can affect your children’s lives in different ways. They might have difficulty speaking clearly, or they might feel self-conscious about their appearance. Orthodontists can evaluate their teeth and jaw to check for signs of problems and provide the necessary treatment.

Orthodontic Treatment

There are different kinds of orthodontic treatments available to correct alignment or jaw problems. Some of these include braces, palatal expanders, separators, retainers and Invisalign. In some cases, orthodontic surgery is recommended to correct severe problems that orthodontic devices cannot help with. Orthodontists also provide treatment for problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), such as mouth-guards that are worn at night to prevent tooth grinding.

Keep in mind that adults sometimes need orthodontic care. If you are experiencing problems with your jaw or with tooth alignment, it’s important to see an orthodontist for proper care.

If your children need orthodontic care, please contact Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics to make an appointment. Dr. Crosby can provide your children with orthodontic care to improve their smile