This lecture is designed for the orthodontist who wishes to supplement his/her knowledge and skills pertaining to the treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate. The focus is on orthodontic treatment in the broad context of an interactive coordinated team approach to care, with the goal of encouraging community orthodontists to work with their local cleft/craniofacial teams. The lecture will focus on important modifications in sequencing and timing of interventions that are unique and critical to patients with clefts and provide the community orthodontist with the knowledge and confidence to treat these patients.
Describe principles of team work and interdisciplinary interaction for optimal patient management, successfully interact with specialists in different fields of health care, and appropriately refer patients.
Describe the treatment timeline from birth to adulthood and describe the Presurgical, Phase I and Phase II orthodontic treatment protocols in management of cleft lip and palate.
Describe the goals of secondary alveolar bone grafting and factors determining outcome.