Craniofacial orthodontics is a sub-specialty of orthodontics that involves the artificial rehabilitation of patients who have suffered disabilities and defects to the head or neck region as a result of deformities at birth, battles with disease or traumatic accidents. Congenital and developmental mouth defects include:
- Cleft Lip – An opening in the lip due to incomplete development in the early stages of pregnancy.
- Cleft Palate – An opening in the roof of the mouth due to incomplete development in the early stages of pregnancy.
- Hypodontia – One or more missing teeth.
- Hyperdontia – Extra (supernumerary) teeth.
Whether a deformity is congenital, acquired or developed, maxillofacial treatment offers life-altering physical, cosmetic and psychosocial benefits.
Craniofacial orthodontics uniquely combines various disciplines within the medical community, including orthodontics, dentistry, head and neck oncology, speech therapy, congenital malformation reconstruction, plastic surgery, etc. for optimal results for each patient. Our extensive training in orthodontic and dentofacial alignment means we are particularly suited to deliver patients with cleft lips and palates with an end result with which they will be happy.
Please contact our office with any additional questions you may have about craniofacial orthodontics. You can also find more information on the website of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).