Breanna had missing upper 2nd incisors and severe lower crowding requiring lower premolar extractions in addition to her cleft palate.
The surgery required to repair a cleft palate often results in severe tooth crowding because of the constricting effects of scar tissue in the patient's mouth. Cleft palate patients are also more likely to suffer from discrepancies in their jaw growth. Orthodontic treatment can help to normalise the appearance of the patient's face and jaw, as well as contributing to their overall oral health. Cleft palate patients are referred to us by the team at Waikato Hospital.
Crowding occurs when the dental arch is too small to accommodate the teeth. Severe crowding can result in the bone and gums becoming thin and receding, and people with severely crowded teeth are more susceptible to gum disease as it is difficult for them to brush and floss well. Other consequences include impacted teeth (teeth which should have grown in but cannot because of the lack of space), difficulty biting and chewing and an unattractive appearance.
As some of Hamilton’s most experienced orthodontists, we provide you with the highest standard of professional care you’ll find anywhere.
Your teeth are as individual as you, so we take great care to tailor a treatment plan that will get you the best results.
Orthodontics is always innovating, and we keep up with the latest including how best to care for people with ‘chalky teeth’. So when you’re one of our patients, you’ll have the most comfortable and discreet braces and aligners available.
We’re a relaxed, friendly practice, and we want you to feel confident with your treatment. So if you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask us anything.
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