Cleft Lip or Palate Treatment in South Lake Tahoe, CA & Surrounding Areas
Correct the Problem Before It Leads to Complications
Cleft lips and cleft palates are birth defects usually corrected by a subspecialty called cranial orthodontics and involve a team of professionals including therapists, speech pathologists, oral surgeons, and plastic surgeons. Orthodontists who specialize in craniofacial orthodontics are just one part of this specialized team. If you are seeking cleft lip or palate treatment in South Lake Tahoe, CA & Surrounding Areas for your child, you’ll be pleased to know Dr. D’Ascoli is highly experienced in cranial orthodontics.
Why a Cleft Lip or Palate Needs to Be Corrected
We all start out with a cleft lip and palate, but in most cases, they seal together before birth. Clefting remains after birth when there’s insufficient tissue for them to seal. This happens early in fetal development, but no one knows the cause.
Additionally, the defect is more than just cosmetic, it can lead to complications so it’s important to correct it. Complications include:
- Struggles with eating
- Food passing into the nose
- Speech difficulties
- Ear infections
- Dental problems
When part of the treatment team, Dr. D’Ascoli’s role is evaluating the patient’s tooth and jaw development and growth. While not directly involved in the surgery itself, he evaluates x-rays and models that are used to monitor patients pre- and post-surgery,
Getting Treatment Early
In most cases, parents know before birth that their child will have a cleft lip or palate. Surgery is required and typically, it is performed at or before six months. In some cases, more than one surgery may be needed.
Schedule a Complimentary Appointment for Cleft Lip or Palate Treatment in South Lake Tahoe, CA & Surrounding Areas Today!
When you are ready to learn more about how orthodontic treatment can help your child achieve their healthiest smile, call 775-853-1919 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation D’Ascoli Orthodontics Smile Assessment today. Your child’s appointment includes a discussion of your goals, an in-depth oral exam, 3D scan, digital x-rays, a personalized treatment plan, and free bonus teeth whitening if you commit to Invisalign treatment the same day – a $295 value, for FREE!
You may also click here to use our online scheduling form. We look forward to helping your child achieve their happiest, healthiest smile!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in South Lake Tahoe, CA our doctor and team at D’Ascoli Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Reno, Carson City, Gardnerville, Incline Village & Fernley, NV, South Lake Tahoe, CA and Surrounding Areas.