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Here's Why Custom Orthognathic is Superior for the Airway

Custom 3D printed orthognathic plates have revolutionized the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, offering numerous advantages over traditional methods of treatment. At Alfi Oral Surgery, we have seen firsthand the amazing benefits of using these plates to correct jaw deformities, such as malocclusion, asymmetry, and trauma-related injuries. In addition, they have also been proven to be effective in treating airway obstruction and sleep apnea.



One of the main advantages of custom 3D printed orthognathic plates is their accuracy. Traditional methods of treatment often involve the use of pre-fabricated plates that are selected based on the patient's approximate measurements. These plates may not fit perfectly, resulting in a less than optimal outcome. With custom 3D printing, the plate is designed specifically for the patient, taking into account their unique anatomy and the precise correction that is needed, including the airway. This leads to a much higher level of accuracy and a more successful outcome, including improvement in sleep apnea symptoms.


Another advantage of custom 3D printed orthognathic plates is their ability to reduce surgical time. Traditional methods often involve extensive pre-surgical planning and the use of multiple plates to achieve the desired correction. With custom 3D printing, the plate can be designed to achieve the desired correction in a single step, reducing the overall surgical time. This not only leads to a faster recovery for the patient but also reduces the risk of complications. AOS has the record for quickest double-jaw procedure.


Custom 3D printed orthognathic plates also offer improved aesthetics. The plates can be designed to prevent visible scarring, only highlighting the patient's natural facial features. This often leads to improved self-esteem for the patient.


At Alfi Oral Surgery, we have found custom 3D printed orthognathic plates to be an amazing advancement in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, particularly in treating airway obstruction and sleep apnea. Their accuracy, ability to reduce surgical time, and improved aesthetics make them a valuable tool in the correction of jaw deformities. We have seen firsthand the benefits they can bring to our patients, and we believe that they will continue to play an important role in the future of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

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