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What Is Craniofacial Orthodontics and How Does It Help to Treat Cleft Lip and Palate?

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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.”

Successful Cleft Lip, Palate Surgeries Continue to Grow in U.S.

Craniofacial Cases Research

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.

Grayslake Orthodontist Specializes in Craniofacial Reconstruction

Grayslake Orthodontist Specializes


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.

Making the Case for Rapid Palatal Expansion

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GRAYSLAKE AND KENILWORTH, ILLINOIS – The American Association of Orthodontists has promoted for years the idea of having children evaluated by an orthodontist by the time they reach age 7.

While no treatment is required at this age in many cases, identifying problems when they do exist in a growing child can be pivotal in terms of noninvasive solutions.

Dr. Stosich Joins U. of Chicago Craniofacial Team

Grayslake orthodonticsKENILWORTH AND GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS- In September, the University of Chicago Medical Center announced it appointed Dr. Michael Stosich, a Grayslake orthodontics specialist, as the lead orthodontist on its craniofacial services team.

He begins working with the team in the coming months.

Dr. Michael Stosich Participates in Complex Orthodontic/Craniofacial Cases Research

Craniofacial Cases Research

GURNEE AND GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS – Grayslake and Round Lake orthodontics and craniofacial expert Dr. Michael Stosich will travel to Montpellier, France this month to participate in a collaboration between French and American medical teams researching complex orthodontic and craniofacial cases.

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