Although cleft lip and cleft palate are repaired before 1 year of age, the patients’ growth of upper jaw may be affected. When a patient grows up, he may have their upper jaw underdeveloped causing underbite problem, associated with “V-shaped” alveolus and misplaced upper frontal teeth, which results in speech problems, chewing problems, lip closure etc. Early orthodontic treatment can help to correct “V-shaped” alveolus to the normal “U-shaped”one, giving more space for the crowded frontal teeth; correct bite and support proper jaw alignment and growth; correct misplaced or irregularly aligned teeth so that the problem of underbite will be minimized, and consequently the complexity of future jaw surgery will be alleviated, or can even avoid.
Thanks to the assistance from four kind-hearted orthodontists, plus the provision of dental room by the Chai Wan Baptist Dental Clinic, this Project has been launched since January 2019. Children from grass-roots families may be eligible for sponsorship of the treatment fees. Special thanks go to Chow Tai Fook Medical Foundation, Centaline Eagle Club, Mr. Andrew Ng Charity Trust, Mr. & Mrs. Lui for their sponsorship to enable the project come true.
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