Orthodontic Treatment Program

The Orthodontic Treatment Program supports the vision of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Strategic Plan and upholds the principles of care set forth by the American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA). In addition to providing premier diagnostic and treatment services to patients, we also provide educational and support programs for families and the community.

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Facial differences caused by a genetic condition can impact a child’s physical, social and emotional development. The Nationwide Children's Orthodontic Treatment Program offers a compassionate approach to comprehensive care, provided by experts who understand the dental development of these children as they grow. Treatment of children with facial differences may start as early as one week old and continues through adolescence into early adulthood with two to three different phases of treatment. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer cutting edge technology and the latest innovations in orthodontic treatment to ensure your child receives the most efficient and effective care.

The Orthodontic Treatment Program accepts referrals for patients managed by: 

Coordinated Care of Children with Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Disorders

Each child that comes to the center receives a personalized treatment plan from a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to restoring the child’s appearance and function. Our team consists of individuals who are recognized as national leaders in their specialties. We provide comprehensive care to optimize facial appearance, speech, dentofacial development and overall self-concept. Learn more about the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders and the Cleft Lip and Palate Center.

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Resources for Families

Dental: Wearing a Retainer

How to care for your retainer.

Dental: Wearing a Palatal Expander

Learn how to properly care for your palatal expander.

Orthodontics: Wearing Dental Elastics

What to expect when you wear dental elastics. 

Orthodontics: Wearing Cervical Headgear

Learn more about wearing headgear. 

Dental: Wearing Separators

What to do and what not to do while wearing separators. 

Orthodontics - Wearing Braces

Braces are appliances that move your or your child’s teeth into the correct position. Braces are made of metal or ceramic (clear) brackets, wires, and/or rubber bands.

Dental: Teeth and Gum Care

Use these instructions and tips to properly care for your child's gums and teeth. 

Dental Hygiene with Braces

How to keep your teeth healthy and clean with your new braces.

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Patient Story

Meet Olivia

In June 2012, while volunteering in China, Jennifer met little Olivia. One year and 10 days after they met, they became family forever. Luckily, the foster home Olivia was staying in cared with kids with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.