It's important that we time your child's surgeries to minimize the impact of craniofacial abnormalities on cranial and facial growth, development, function, and appearance. Some children require reconstructive procedures at different times in their growth and development. Understanding the rationale for the timeline for reconstructive surgery and other procedures, including the use of orthodontics, is helpful to families, and our team members explain the process to you every step of the way.
We may perform lip and nose surgery to improve appearance in early and late adolescence, if not sooner. Throughout this process, the child may have orthodontic therapy to widen the upper jaw or put in a palate expander, and will also see a pediatric dentist to make sure the teeth and gums are in good health and to maintain oral health.