Cleft Orthoganthic Surgery
Cleft lip and palate are often associated with insufficient growth of the upper jaw. This can result in an abnormal bite and appearance. Non-surgical orthodontic techniques can sometimes stimulate adequate growth of the upper jaw. Otherwise, orthognathic (jaw) surgery involving the upper jaw, lower jaw or both may be required to reposition the jaws optimally for both function and appearance. Orthognathic surgery must done in conjunction with orthodontics (wearing braces) in order to achieve correct positioning of the jaws and teeth. It is usually carried out when the patient is a teenager, after the completion of growth.