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Orthodontic Considerations in Cleft Lip and Palate Patients

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A young person with clear alignersCleft lip and palate are among the most prevalent congenital anomalies impacting craniofacial structures. Recognized by the World Health Organization as a pertinent public health concern, these anomalies have far-reaching effects on facial aesthetics and functionality, pose psychosocial challenges for the affected child, and impose social and financial burdens on their families. The cleft lip and palate incidence displays non-uniform patterns, varying across different ethnicities. Some of the common considerations in cleft lip and palate patients include:

Timing of the Treatment

Orthodontic intervention in cleft lip and palate patients usually begins in childhood and can go to adolescence. The timing of this treatment is fundamental and may involve a staged approach to coincide with the development of the child.

Collaboration with Multidisciplinary Teams

Cleft lip and palate patients usually require collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, such as oral surgeons, speech therapists, and other specialists. Coordination with these specialists is fundamental for a holistic approach that helps to address both aesthetic and functional aspects.

Management of Jaw and Tooth Alignment

Cleft lip and palate patients experience tooth and jaw alignment challenges. Orthodontic treatment helps to correct these issues, such as addressing malocclusions, dental abnormalities, and asymmetry.

Cleft-related Surgical Procedures

Orthodontic treatment is often collaborated with cleft-related surgical procedures. Pre-surgical orthodontics can align the teeth and create a stable foundation for surgical interventions. Post-surgical orthodontics, on the other hand, help to fine-tune the occlusion.

Prosthetic Considerations

In some cases, orthodontic treatment can involve using dental prosthetics to replace the missing teeth and enhance the appearance of the affected area. Prosthetic solutions help contribute to aesthetic and functional aspects of oral health.

Some key considerations must be implemented when considering orthodontic treatment in patients with cleft lip and palate. The treatment approach must be multidisciplinary to ensure the best results. For more information, ensure that you contact our orthodontists.

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