Orthodontic Treatment for Craniofacial Orthodontics
If your child has a genetic condition that causes facial differences, it can impact your child’s physical, social, emotional development. Craniofacial orthodontics is a sub-specialty within the field of orthodontics that focuses on patients with birth defects such as cleft lip and palate, and other conditions that require surgical adjustment to correct. Dr. Willett at Lincoln Orthodontics will work with a team comprised of speech pathologists, oral surgeons, and craniofacial plastic surgeons to plan treatment for cleft lip and palate and other jaw and face abnormalities.
A craniofacial orthodontist is an important member of your craniofacial team. They will evaluate tooth and jaw development and growth. They take of the non-surgical treatment required to position the jaw and is also responsible for pre-and-post operative treatment for jaw surgery. They’ll monitor your child’s growth and development with X-rays and digital models.
Treatment for Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, and Other Genetic Issues
Treating genetic conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palate, Crouzon Syndrome, Apert syndrome, Hemifacial Syndrome, or Treacher Collins syndromes requires coordinated efforts from a team of specialists.
Dr. Willett is skilled in craniofacial treatments and can play an essential part in your child’s treatment time, while also making sure that your child still has the opportunity to have a confident smile.
Standard practice treatment plans are a coordinated effort between a fellowship-trained craniofacial orthodontist and plastic-craniofacial surgeon, as well as other specialists when needed. These specialists will work together to develop a treatment that starts when the genetic abnormalities are discovered and continues through the teen years until your child is done developing.
Dr. Willett has extensive experience treating cleft palate, cleft lip, and any other genetic issue that would benefit from craniofacial orthodontic treatment. She’ll work with the rest of your child’s team to achieve the most functionally and aesthetically pleasing result possible.
The team at Lincoln Orthodontics is highly skilled in the unique challenges that come with providing orthodontic treatment to patients with genetic and developmental issues. The process is generally longer and more complicated. Having the right doctor to work with you through the process is important. Dr. Willett has years of training and experience providing orthodontic treatment for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other medical issues.
According to the ACPA, patients with birth defects experience to most significant benefits when all of their care providers work together in interdisciplinary teams to ensure that your child receives the best possible care.
Orthognathic Surgery in Lincoln
The surgical aspect of craniofacial orthodontics is a procedure called orthognathic surgery. This surgery is not only used for children with genetic abnormalities, as it can be necessary for patients at any age who is undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) corrects problems with facial bones, specifically your jaws and teeth. These problems can make it difficult to chew, talk, sleep, and perform other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery, along with orthodontic treatment, can correct these problems and improve the overall appearance of your face.
We’ll use the latest in digital imaging technology to demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits you can expect from your orthognathic surgery. Thanks to computerized treatment planning, we can minimize treatment time, recovery time, while making the overall treatment more effective.
State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide your treatment with stability, strength, and predictability. These advances in technology, procedures, and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time and allow you to return to your normal life quickly.