What is orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is the surgery of dentofacial deformities. This is a little known term for the population in general but it is very clear if we say that it is the surgery that maxillofacial surgeons do when it is not possible to get the teeth to align, or stay in their most ideal position, only with a treatment of orthodontics. It is then when combining this orthodontic treatment with the maxillofacial part we achieve the results that we seek through this surgery that makes everything fit perfectly in its position.
What progress is being made in this field?
The field of orthognathic surgery is in permanent development. We are going from the concept of ortognation, that is to say, that the bite is correct, to the concept of ortofacial, in which we value the patient as a whole, not exclusively focusing on his way of biting, or that the bones of the maxilla and the jaw coincide, but that the whole profile is harmonious, we look for the ideal of beauty, we look for the cheekbones, the nose, the whole facial set to be aesthetic. That on the one hand. Second point and breakthrough is the role that the latest technologies are now playing, the technologies derived a bit from the cone beam scanner for diagnosis and treatment, using these images in three dimensions that allow us to be much finer in our precision surgical. And a third aspect that we also consider is important is that every time we operate patients before. There is an English term called "surgery first" that is first operated on the patient and then the orthodontist makes small adjustments so that the occlusion is perfect.