Orthognathic surgery and veneers: Can I have my surgery if I have dental veneers?

Orthognathic surgery and veneers: Can I have my surgery if I have dental veneers?

If you are considering orthognathic surgery, you may wonder if you can do it if you already have veneers.

The short answer is yes, but it is important to keep some important considerations in mind.

If you don't already have dental veneers, you may want to consider getting them after orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery mobilizes the bones of the jaw and maxilla, which can affect the shape and position of your teeth, so it is ideal to have veneers done after your orthognathic surgery.

Do you already have veneers and are considering orthognathic surgery? According to Dr. Álvaro Giner, a specialist in dental veneers, placing the maxilla and mandible in place would improve the durability of pre-existing veneers. There are three different scenarios in this case:

  • If the patient has a malocclusion and needs orthodontics, then he would not have to wear veneers, since the orthodontics would have to be done first.
  • If the patient has a good occlusion and the maxillomandibular complex moves en bloc (normally this type of surgery is done for aesthetic reasons), then the veneers will not be affected at all.
  • If the patient has veneers because they did not have enough dental exposure (this is one of the indications for veneers), then, depending on the movements made during surgery, they may no longer be necessary once the patient has had surgery, as an advancement or rotation of the jaw can help give more dental exposure.

In summary, with the placement of the maxillo-mandibular complex in its ideal position, the only thing that can happen is that the veneers have a better prognosis than before, so in principle, it is totally possible to undergo orthognathic surgery if you have veneers.

On the other hand, it is important to note that veneers are relatively thin and fragile, meaning they can be damaged or chipped during the surgical process. While this is not common, it is a possibility, and that is why it is important to seek out an experienced surgeon to avoid this type of damage.

Therefore, if you are considering orthognathic surgery and already have veneers, it is important to speak with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your dentist about the procedure. At Instituto Maxillofacial we have a multidisciplinary team that can advise you in all the necessary areas to make an informed decision and achieve the best possible results for your smile.


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