About the Craniofacial and Special Needs Orthodontics Clinic

The Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Oral Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the few centers in the country to offer a fully integrated craniofacial orthodontics clinic. Craniofacial orthodontics is the subspecialty of orthodontics focused on patients with congenital or acquired deformities within the face and jaw. The subspecialty also extends to patients with special needs.

Our orthodontic team has extensive experience treating patients with craniofacial differences and special needs, such as cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia, craniosynostosis, cleidocranial dysostosis and ectodermal dysplasia, and our experts are integral members of the Hospital’s multidisciplinary Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Program teams.

Orthodontic treatment is individualized for each patient’s unique needs, and it can begin as early as the first week of life and continue in phases to adulthood. We work closely with your child’s surgeon and other members of her care team to provide the best coordinated care.

Services and treatments provided

Follow-up care

Your child’s follow-up care will vary depending on her condition and course of treatment.

Our team works closely with your other care providers to manage ongoing, coordinated care that will be best for your child’s individual needs.

Your child's appointment

Every member of our team is here to support you throughout your child’s treatment. In addition to your orthodontist and plastic surgeon, you will also work closely with our dental technicians, advanced practice nurses and nurse coordinators who will walk you through specifics related to your child’s care and teach you anything you need to know how to do at home.