Craniofacial Orthodontics

craniofacial abnormalities wonder movie

The movie “Wonder,” based on a book of the same name, has inspired children and adults every where to look beyond what may lie on the outside to see the beauty of the person within. The movie has touched many, including Dr. Michael Stosich, a Grayslake craniofacial orthodontist expert who has experience working with children born with craniofacial abnormalities like the main character of the movie.

“This movie really hit home for me, because I work with children who are born with facial abnormalities in my capacity as the Director of Orthodontics at the University of Chicago Hospital,” says Dr. Stosich. “Orthodontics can transform smiles, and craniofacial orthodontics can transform lives.”

Cleft Lip and Palate Case OneSKOKIE, IL-Doctors involved in dentofacial orthodontics see cleft lip and palate cases from two perspectives today. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 7,000 American children are born with an oral cleft defect.

When a child has a cleft lip, their lip hasn’t formed completely and isn’t closed properly. Cleft palate, on the other hand, means that there’s a hole in the roof of their mouth.

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Grayslake, Ill. Every year thousands of babies are born with birth defects or suffer from facial injuries that require surgery. Children often need craniofacial reconstruction to repair abnormalities in the shape of the skull and facial features due to birth defects or genetic disorders. Craniofacial reconstruction also repairs traumatic injuries resulting from accidents. Craniofacial reconstruction in children requires special techniques and planning because the surgeon must allow for the future growth of the child’s facial bones and features.