Cranial Orthodontics - Cleft Lip & Palate
Craniofacial orthodontics is the sub-specialty of orthodontics that focuses on the multidisciplinary treatment of patients with birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. These conditions often require coordinated surgical and medical interventions or extraordinary behavioral management to make orthodontic treatments practical and effective. Braces treatment for cleft lip and palate patients tends to be more complex, takes more time and clinical resources, and requires working with multiple dental, surgical, and medical providers to get the best results.
Current practice standards call for a coordinated plan of care between the fellowship-trained craniofacial orthodontists and plastic-craniofacial surgeons — among other specialists — to achieve excellent and aesthetic facial results.