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We team up with oral and maxillofacial surgeons to help adults with severe orthodontic cases align their teeth and jaws using a surgical approach. The goal? A beautiful smile, a balanced facial appearance and better health.

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is a type of treatment used to correct severe functional and aesthetic issues, including malocclusion (bad bite) and jaw abnormalities. The approach involves a combination of orthodontic treatment and corrective jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery.

Dr. Sonia Talley and Dr. Katie Clark work with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon throughout the process. The surgeon aligns your jaw, and your orthodontist uses braces or Invisalign® to shift your teeth into their proper places for results that will last a lifetime.

Surgical Orthodontics

When is orthognathic surgery needed?

Orthognathic surgery is only performed on adult patients whose jaws are done growing. The process does take time and involves a recovery period, so it’s generally reserved for complex cases that can’t be fixed with orthodontics alone.

After evaluating your diagnostic records, performing an exam and determining a diagnosis, Dr. Talley and Dr. Clark will be able to provide you with guidance on whether or not surgical orthodontics is the best choice for you.

We use high-tech treatment planning for low-stress coordination.

Our team will seamlessly coordinate with your oral surgeon for seriously dramatic results. Thanks to state-of-the-art diagnostics like cone beam CT imaging and advanced treatment planning software, coordination is more precise than it has ever been.

Once we’ve created a treatment plan with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you’ll start by wearing Invisalign or braces. Then, your surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery in a hospital.

After a healing period, we’ll finetune your bite with Invisalign or braces once again. You’ll wear your appliance for about six to 12 months before revealing a stunning new smile. Finally, we’ll create a custom retainer for you to wear to maintain your results.


Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Every beautiful, confident smile we create starts with a consultation. Schedule an exam for you or your child at our boutique orthodontic practice today! We are conveniently located in Tenleytown, DC with easy access to the Tenleytown-AU metro station, bus stops and street parking.