Craniofacial Orthopedics

Craniofacial orthodontics is the sub-specialty of orthodontics that focuses on the multidisciplinary treatment of patients with birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate.  These conditions often require coordinated surgical and medical interventions or extraordinary behavioral management to make orthodontic treatments practical and effective.  Braces treatment for cleft lip and palate patients tends to be more complex, takes more time and clinical resources, and requires working with multiple dental, surgical, and medical providers to get the best results.  Current practice standards call for a coordinated plan of care between the fellowship-trained craniofacial orthodontists and plastic-craniofacial surgeons - among other specialists - to achieve excellent and aesthetic facial results.  Dr. Feldman is a clinical associate professor in pediatric medicine and plastic surgery at the University of South Florida.  He has been on staff since 1984.
 
Treating patients with cleft lip and palate is commonly done in a team setting, and usually spans the first two decades of life.  Dr. Feldman has the experience and education necessary to deliver cleft lip and palate treatments by virtue of specific post-residency craniofacial and surgical orthodontic fellowship training.  Dr. Feldman has clinical expertise in all aspects of orthodontic treatment for infants, children, adolescents, and adults with facial clefts, craniofacial diagnoses, and those with complex medical and special needs.  Our doctor brings the extensive training, and knowledge regarding craniofacial and dental development that is needed to deliver successful treatment results.
 
We are experienced and confident when working with patients that require craniofacial and special care treatments.  In addition to a long-standing interest in caring for more complex types of jaw and face abnormalities, Dr. Feldman provides formal craniofacial orthodontic fellowship training, combined with prior special care dentistry training, and clinical research.
 
Patients and parents may access additional resources related to these conditions by visiting the website for the American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association (ACPA) www.acpa-cpf.org.  The ACPA reports that patients born with birth defects benefit the most when all providers work together in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams, ensuring not only the best outcome, but also the most effective utilization of health resources.  www.acpa-cpf.org/teamcare/Parameters07rev.pdf
 
For questions regarding the orthodontic treatment options for infants, children, and adults with cleft lip / palate deformity, or other craniofacial anomalies, please contact our office today at (813)968-2483.
 
Additional resources are also available from the website of the Cleft Palate Foundation at http://www.cleftline.org

What We Offer

  • A FREE orthodontic evaluation which includes a panoramic x-ray, digital images, and consultation with Dr. Feldman valued at $495.00.

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  • The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7

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  • "invisible braces" and even clear aligners result in braces that are a far cry from the “Ugly Betty” look.

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  • Braces have traditionally been considered mainly for children and teens. Today, more and more adults are aware of the benefits of adult treatment

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  • No more uncomfortable goo creating dental impressions at Feldman Orthodontics we offer digital patient impressions using the latest I-tero technology.

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  • Feldman Orthodontics is now a certified provider of custom Under Armour performance mouthwear!

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  • TMJ / TMD problems include tight muscles, joint inflammation, or teeth grinding.

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  • Cleft Palate is a facial deformity, so rare that most people have never heard of it, occurring 1 in 800 live births.

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  • You may be affected by sleep apnea if you... Are drowsy during the day with no explanation. Snore loudly or wake up breathless at night.

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  • Dr Feldman specializes in "Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics." Many are confused by the "dentofacial orthopedics". We can explain!

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  • Orthognathic Surgery is an adjunct to orthodontic treatment that can help reshape the jaw and jaw position to help improve their form and function.

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  • Craniofacial orthodontics is the sub-specialty of orthodontics focusing on the multidisciplinary treatment of patients with birth defects.

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  • Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment. Patients may be advised to wear retainers full-time for the first six months after “active” treatment ends, with subsequent wear time reduced to night-time onl

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  • Conventional braces alone can take anywhere from a year and a half to four years to properly align and straighten your teeth. AcceleDent® Aura, a take-home orthodontic device, which resembles a sports mouth guard, is shaking things up among orthodontists.

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