Although an orthodontist is usually part of your child’s initial healthcare team at birth, the specific treatment they provide (orthodontics) usually comes near the end of your child’s cleft lip and palate treatment.
Between the ages of 6 and 9, your pediatric or family dentist may refer you to an orthodontist for an evaluation as your child is at a significant risk of developing tooth or jaw bone abnormalities. It’s best to have your child see an orthodontist before or at age 7, no matter what, as orthodontic conditions from your child’s prior cleft lip and palate become apparent at this age.
During your first visit, our highly-trained orthodontists will examine the health of your child’s teeth and jaw bones and may recommend a specialized orthodontic treatment plan.
Here are a few treatment options that Dr. Wiewiora and Dr. Dunn often recommend for past cleft lip and palate patients.