Craniofacial orthodontics is a sub-specialty of orthodontics that focuses on the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary treatment of patients with birth defects, such as a cleft lip and palate. These conditions often require coordinated surgical and medical interventions or behavioral management to make orthodontic treatment practical and effective. Basically, that’s just a fancy way of saying that since braces treatment for cleft lip and palate patients is more complex, different dental, surgical and medical providers will have to work together to get the best outcome. Among these specialists, current practice standards call for a fellowship-trained craniofacial orthodontist, like Dr. Buddy, and a plastic-craniofacial surgeon. Dr. Buddy will work closely with your surgeon to create a coordinated plan of care to achieve excellent, aesthetic facial results. Schedule a free consultation online or by calling us at (864) 967-0053 (Simpsonville) or (864) 801-3500 (Greer) to learn more about craniofacial orthodontics in Greer and Simpsonville, SC.
Dr. Buddy completed post-residency craniofacial and surgical orthodontic fellowship training and has clinical experience in orthodontic treatment for infants, children, teens and adults with facial clefts, craniofacial diagnoses and complex medical and special needs. He relies on his craniofacial orthodontic training, his former special care dentistry training, clinical research and his knowledge of craniofacial and dental growth and development to deliver amazing results to patients with complex types of jaw and facial abnormalities.
Treating patients with cleft and lip palate usually takes place over the first two decades of patient’s life. Patients and parents can find additional resources by visiting the website for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), as well as from the Cleft Palate Foundation. The organization advises that patients born with birth defects get the most benefit when all of their providers work together in a team setting. We’re always happy to answer questions about orthodontic treatment options for cleft lip and palate, so just give our office a call at (864) 967-0053 (Greer) or (864) 801-3500 (Simpsonville).