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Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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It is estimated that there are around 234 million major surgeries each year, meaning medical procedures requiring anesthesia. Among these, a significant number are related to corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery. These surgeries are performed to remedy misaligned jaws and teeth, often to prepare for orthodontic intervention and treatment. The goal of jaw surgery is to reposition irregularities and restore a proper bite. This can improve basic function of the jaw and can dramatically improve the appearance of the face in many instances.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

The goal of corrective jaw surgery is to restore teeth to a position that enables eating, drinking, speaking, and smiling- which for many, can be a life-changing procedure. The ripple-effects of successful jaw surgery is improved speech articulation, better breathing, and increased confidence.

Candidates for Jaw Surgery

How do you know if you need jaw surgery? Typically, you will be referred for jaw surgery by your orthodontic provider or dentist, depending on your distinct situation. Some of the following could make you a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Problems with eating, chewing, biting, or swallowing food
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Chronic pain
  • Excessive grinding or wearing of the teeth
  • Jaw protrusion
  • Mouth breathing
  • Gaps between upper and lower jaw
  • Sleep issues, like apnea
  • Facial appearance issues related to alignment

Talk to your orthodontist to determine if jaw surgery is a viable approach to take. Treatment to restore the position of your teeth and jaw can be lengthy, involving both surgery and orthodontic interventions. Generally, jaw surgery is not recommended for patients under 16 years of age.

Pre-Op Protocols

Before your surgery, you will meet with the surgeon to review plans and instructions. Follow these to ensure your surgery has the best chance of success possible. There will be food and drink restrictions on the day of your surgery, as expected, and your initial consultation provides the perfect platform to ask any questions and quell any fears related to the procedure.

Remember the many perks of corrective jaw surgery:

  • Easier to eat and drink
  • Less pain and jaw issues
  • Reduces wear and tear on teeth
  • Can improve mouth breathing
  • Improved sleep

In some cases, the goal of surgery is to restore balance and alignment to the patient’s facial features, too.

Are you a candidate for jaw surgery? The orthodontic team at Reese Orthodontics can assess your orthodontic needs; occasionally jaw surgery may be able to best resolve bite issues for orthodontic treatment and optimal outcomes. Want to improve your smile? Call to schedule your consultation today.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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2057 Charlie Hall Blvd. STE D
Charleston, SC 29414


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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).