I am an orthodontist and we also deal with children having cleft lip and plate. These children require multidisciplinary treatment with the involvement of different healthcare provider team. The timing of orthodontic treatment, orthopedic treatment involving jaws and surgical treatment of lip, palate, and jaws needs special emphasis. Ask me anything!
Cleft lip and palate patients require treatment from multiple healthcare providers amongst which Orthodontist also play a major role. These children often have multiple missing teeth due to the cleft alveolus. In addition, their midface growth remains deficient due to earlier palatal surgery leading to scar formation. This patient may require early orthopedic treatment or can be later treated orthodontically and surgically. Ask me anything!