Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial/oral defects that start to develop before a child is even born, and it’s estimated that they affect one in 700 babies annually. This condition is characterized as an opening or split in the patient’s upper lip, across the roof of the tooth (their palate), or in both areas. As the fetus develops, these facial structures never close completely.
While these conditions may be upsetting to new parents at first, rest assured that they can be corrected successfully! Dr. DeMaio is proud to work with a team of medical specialists at Shriners Hospital in Springfield, MA to ensure that each child receives the coordinated talents they need and achieves the high quality of life they deserve. Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation at DeMaio Orthodontics.
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While aesthetics are understandably a top concern regarding these defects, there are other consequences that can negatively affect your son or daughter over time:
Dr. DeMaio can provide crucial assistance at several stages of your child’s growth, evaluating tooth and jaw development with 3D imaging and digital impressions. Oral appliance therapy may be recommended to correct the position of the jaws, either before or after surgery. By working closely with likeminded specialists, we can ensure that every stage of the treatment process is smooth, stress-free for the child, and wholeheartedly successful.