Surgical orthodontics requires precision and skill that many orthodontists or dentists do not possess. Just like most family doctors don’t perform surgery, most dentists do not perform surgery and in this case you may be referred to us, even if you aren’t an existing patient. In any event, we will meet with you and discuss your surgical options, why it is necessary, what the surgery entails, and what the recovery process will be prior to getting started. At Nowlin Orthodontics, we want our patients to be well informed and educated, as this makes the entire process go more smoothly. In regards to recovery, you can expect to feel sore for a couple of weeks. We typically recommend that our patients take two weeks off of work or school in order to have the procedure done.
For this reason, many of our patients elect to have this completed in the summer while on school break. During this time, you will start by drinking only and we suggest drinking smoothies or protein shakes to ensure that you receive the nutrients you need for good health. Slowly, you will be able to add soft foods back into your diet, though it may take a few weeks or a month before you can eat like normal. We will monitor your recovery very closely in order to provide you with specific advice on what you can eat and when.