Pediatric dentofacial deformities can result from congenital (present at birth) conditions or conditions that occur after birth. They can lead to abnormalities in the jaw and roof of the mouth (palate), affecting the alignment and appearance of teeth.
Congenital conditions can affect the appearance of a child’s face and teeth. Some abnormalities may be evident at birth, and some may not be noticeable until later.
Other dentofacial deformities can result from conditions that occur after birth, such as thumb sucking and facial paralysis.
Pediatric dentofacial deformities include:
Pediatric dentofacial deformities can occur because of many different conditions, including: