Some patients have jaw size discrepancies that cannot be corrected with braces. In these cases, surgical lengthening or surgical shortening of the jaw may be required. Dr Vaughan works with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for the treatment of these cases.
Dental surgery sounds like a dramatic treatment option and many patients become very worried at its mention. All potential surgery patients are given non-surgical options for treatment and the advantages and disadvantages of surgery are explained. The main advantage with surgery is that it can shorten treatment time considerably and it will almost always produce a better result.
We encourage prospective surgical patients to talk to patients who have already undergone these surgical procedures.
Dr Vaughan has extensive experience in combined surgical and orthodontic treatment where there has been disharmony in the facial growth. Dr Vaughan has also lectured at a number of international conferences on combined surgical and orthodontic correction of patients who have shorter lower jaws.
Dr Vaughan is a joint author and major contributor to a paper published in the Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. He currently works with Drs’ Mehanna, Wilson, and Hoffman in Newcastle and Dr Tsakiris in Sydney and recommends these surgeons for the IMDO procedure.