Corticotomy is an effective method of supporting orthodontic treatment in adult patients. This procedure significantly shortens the time of wearing the orthodontic appliance, even up to 1/4 of the time intended for conventional treatment. It is worth to remember that surgical support of orthodontic treatment helps in accelerating teeth movements to set them correctly in the dental arch. The fact is, sometimes this technique is indispensable to get the best results of a good bite and smile. However, it should be remembered that the orthodontist sets the best treatment plan for the Patient.
The corticotomy treatment consists in selective – linear or point – decortication of the bone tissue surrounding the teeth. It triggers a state of transient osteopenia, which is associated with a decrease in the resistance of the cortical layer of bones to the teeth undergoing orthodontic treatment. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia – it is not associated with increased pain. It takes about 40 minutes. As the patients say: “There is nothing to fear”