Preparation for Corrective Jaw Surgery
Also Known As Surgical Orthodontics Dr. Loo and Dr. Yen are Board Certified Specialists in Orthodontics. They specialize in a wide range of orthodontic services including orthodontic treatment in preparation for orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery.
About Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery, known as orthognathic surgery, corrects conditions of the face and jaw that cannot easily be treated with braces alone. In addition to affecting your facial appearance, jaw problems may affect your ability to chew, speak, and breathe. The benefits of jaw surgery paired with orthodontics include:
- Improved facial appearance
- Dramatically improved dental health
- Improved function and appearance of the teeth
TREATMENT FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
In growing children, Dr. Loo and Dr. Yen can often use orthodontic appliances (headgear, facemask or functional appliances) to direct jaw and bone growth, which may eliminate the need for surgery in some patients. Because most adults have little or no jaw growth, adult jaw surgery may be required along with braces to treat misaligned bites and jawbone abnormalities.
Surgical orthodontics best corrects:
- A protruding chin
- A retruding chin
- An unsightly display of gum tissue about the upper front teeth
- An inability to achieve lip contact when the lips are relaxed
- An overall elongation of the face
OUR TREATMENT APPROACH
We strive to use the latest in digital imaging technology to demonstrate the functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Comprehensive planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods, and the overall efficacy of your surgery. Materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength, and predictability to your treatment. Our approach is to use technology, procedures, and equipment to reduce post-surgical recovery times, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines as soon as possible after surgery.
World Class Orthodontic Specialists in Vancouver, BC
Dr. Angelina Loo
Dr. Angie Loo has been practicing as a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver for over 25 years. Dr. Loo graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia in 1985, and from the University of Manitoba with a combined certification in the specialty of Orthodontics and Masters in Science in Craniofacial Biology in 1989. Her clinical research interests are in 3D outcomes in children with cleft and craniofacial conditions, with her work most recently recognized as the 2022 recipient of the AAO Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Edwin Yen
Dr. Yen is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics with over 3 decades of experience. He has degrees from McGill University and University of Toronto. He is the past Dean of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry, and is Professor and program director of the Graduate Orthodontics Program at UBC. .