Cleft Lip and Palate Program

Orthodontic management of distraction osteogenesis

Younger patients who have severely small jaws and/or facial bones may be candidates for distraction osteogenesis, a surgical technique that facilitates gradual bone elongation. This may be indicated for patients with the following conditions:

Your plastic surgeon will determine whether your child is a candidate for this procedure. If so, she will also be seen for an initial evaluation in our craniofacial orthodontic clinic. Orthodontic management during this surgical procedure ensures that the bone elongation is in the correct direction and that your child maintains a good bite during the process. Our team will work closely with your surgeon throughout the treatment period.

Updated January 2014

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