Surgical Orthodontics

Learn about surgical orthodontics

At Petrous Orthodontics, we make every effort to avoid surgery, however, in some cases, surgical orthodontics is the only option.

Surgical Orthodontics

Orthognathic (jaw) surgery is typically recommended for adult patients who would like to achieve an ideal bite/smile while having a significant disharmony between their upper and lower jaws. Indications for this type of surgery include severe under- or overbites, significant asymmetries, jawbone abnormalities, and/or obstructive sleep apnea. At Petrous Orthodontics, we are fully equipped to handle these types of cases and Dr. Petrous works in conjunction with some of the absolute best Oral-Maxillofacial surgeons in all of Metro Detroit.


Prior to surgery, the jaw must be finished growing—typically 19 for females and 21 for males. Your surgery may take several hours—and yes, it must be done in a hospital. Most patients need braces for at least a year prior to surgery, and usually six months afterwards – the braces stay on during surgery as well. When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4–8 weeks), Dr. Petrous will “fine-tune” your bite. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.

As with any major medical surgery, there are risks involved. However, orthognathic surgery has been performed safely for decades. Schedule a free consultation if you’d like to have your bite evaluated.