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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-79

Non-surgical management of unilateral cleft lip and palate in growing patient

Department of Orthodontics, Government of Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Vaibhav Gandhi
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-3825.147987

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Cleft lip and palate (CLCP) is one of the most common congenital deformities of the craniofacial complex. It has multifactorial etiology with skeletal, dental, soft tissue defects; functional defects such as speech, swallowing, hearing; in addition to psychological and social implications along with facial disfigurement. Thus, the treatment approach is also multidisciplinary involving orthodontist, plastic surgeons, ear-nose and throat surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, prosthodontist, speech therapist, etc. This case report describes a nonsurgical approach for treating the CLCP patient with rapid maxillary expansion followed by Facemask therapy for protraction of maxilla during the mixed dentition phase to correct the developing malocclusion.

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