Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT) – Dallas, TX

Fast Track Your Path to a Straighter Smile

If your teeth and/or bite are misaligned, you might be thinking about visiting an orthodontist to talk about braces or Invisalign. That is certainly a good idea, but did you know that a periodontal surgical procedure could help you fast track your path to a straighter smile? Here at Central Perio in Dallas, we proudly perform surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment, which is commonly referred to as SFOT. What exactly is SFOT, and how might it move you toward your dream smile? This page explains.

Smiling woman with beautiful, straight teeth

Why Choose Central Perio for SFOT?

  • Expert Periodontal Specialist
  • Enjoy Faster Orthodontic Treatment
  • Patient Comfort Is a Priority

What Is SFOT?

Happy woman holding clear orthodontic aligner

Surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy combines the skills of an orthodontist with those of a periodontist. Essentially, it is an approach that makes slight modifications to your jawbone before you receive braces or get started with clear aligners. The surgery can facilitate faster, more precise tooth movements. It is especially useful in complex cases, as well as in instances where a patient would otherwise have to endure a very lengthy course of orthodontic treatment.

How Does SFOT Work?

Periodontal team performing surgery on patient

Here is an overview of how SFOT works:

  • First, you will go through an evaluation. Our team, working closely with a trustworthy orthodontist, should assess the state of your teeth and jawbone in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for SFOT.
  • After a careful planning stage, you will undergo surgery, which will involve modifications to your alveolar ridge, the part of the jawbone where your teeth are rooted. This will trigger the bone to heal and regenerate, which can speed up the bone remodeling that is an important part of orthodontic treatment. We always strive to make sure our patients are comfortable during surgical procedures.
  • As you wear braces or clear aligners, our team will continue to coordinate with your orthodontist with the goal of making sure that you enjoy the best treatment outcome possible.

Benefits of SFOT

Woman with braces smiling confidently

Surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy comes with a number of potential benefits:

  • SFOT may reduce orthodontic treatment time by around 50% or more.
  • A shorter overall treatment time means you will have to make fewer visits to your orthodontist’s office and spend less total time in the treatment chair.
  • By facilitating proper tooth movements and potentially creating more room in your dental arches, SFOT may be able to prevent the tooth extractions that are often necessary prior to orthodontic treatment.
  • SFOT may reduce the risk that your teeth will drift back into their former positions following treatment with braces or clear aligners.

No one wants to wait for years to achieve a straighter, healthier, and more confident smile. SFOT might be just what you need to fast track your beautiful new look.