The Cleft and Craniofacial team works with most of our patients affected with cleft lip and / or cleft palate, Pierre Robin sequence, hemifacial microsomia, Crouzon disease and other related craniofacial conditions.
The Infant and Toddler Genetics Craniofacial Clinic is where newborns, infants and toddlers are evaluated. They are seen by a geneticist and advanced practice registered nurse. This clinic ensures that each child receives appropriate medical and dental management. The team closely monitors growth and development, following these children on a regular basis until they are 3 to 4 years old. They are then referred to the Craniofacial team for yearly evaluations until treatment is complete.
The Velopharyngeal Insufficiency / Incompetence (VPI) Clinic evaluates children with velopharyngeal dysfunction (nasal sounding speech) but without a history of cleft palate. A speech pathologist, otolaryngologist and geneticist staff this clinic.
The Orthognathic and Oral Surgery Clinic is held once a month. An oral surgeon and orthodontist evaluate older children who have significant tooth, jaw and mouth abnormalities. These children often require both orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery to correct skeletal misalignment of the teeth and jaws.