Craniofacial Conditions

What Is a Craniofacial Orthodontist?

The orthodontist plays a significant role in the care of craniofacial patients, providing preventive, educational, and therapeutic services related to oral hygiene. The orthodontist may apply braces and plan surgical corrections to determine the amount of dental-skeletal movement necessary to achieve desired results.

Conditions & Syndromes Treated

Listed below are the conditions and syndromes that have been treated at the Clinic.

Conditions of Craniosynostosis


Craniosynostosis and Positional Plagiocephaly Support (CAPPS)

When a baby’s head develops abnormally because the seams (sutures) between the bones close prematurely, it may result in:

Mandibular (Lower Jaw) Deformities

Pierre Robin Sequence

Robin Sequence begins with a lower jaw that is either too small (micrognathia) or is set back from the upper jaw (retrognathia). Similar mandible syndromes include:

Cleft Lip and/or Palate

Cleft Palate Foundation

A cleft lip is a separation of the two sides of the lip and often includes the bones of the maxilla and/or the upper gums. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth that can vary in severity. They may present in a multitude of fashions including complete versus incomplete clefts, as well as unilateral or bilateral clefts.

Other Syndromes and Conditions That May Result in the Need for Special Orthodontic Care

Craniofacial conditions

Non-Craniofacial Conditions

Patients may require special orthodontic care due to:

Resources for Further Information

In addition to the specific websites listed above, the following organizations provide a breadth of information for patients and families: