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Shriners Children’s offers an innovative approach for children who need surgery to reposition their jaws to improve bite and appearance.

3D printing for jaw surgeries involves taking three-dimensional X-rays of your child’s face and using that information to perform a virtual surgery with computer-simulated software. This virtual surgery is also used to create a dental appliance that can be printed on one of our three dimensional printers. The dental appliance, called a bite splint, is an important tool used during your child’s actual operation. Typically occurring when they are an adolescent or young adult, jaw surgery can happen during an important time in your child’s life. They could be getting ready to take their yearbook picture or photos for senior prom. At Shriners Children’s, our use of three-dimensional tools will not only produce a better outcome from jaw surgery, but will give your child back that confidence they need during those memorable moments.

Specialists in Craniofacial and Cleft Lip/Palate Care

Our highly specialized team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and therapists treat the whole child, addressing the physical, social, emotional and developmental implications presented by cleft lipcleft palate and craniofacial conditions. Shriners Children's believes in turning hopes and dreams into reality and helping kids live their absolute best lives, no matter where they are in their course of treatment.

Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.

Thank you for giving children the smile that should always grace their faces!
Bonnie, New York
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Craniofacial and Cleft Lip/Palate Care

At Shriners Children’s families find hope, compassion and internationally recognized craniofacial care.

Next Steps

Request an Appointment

Families and caregivers seeking treatment should start by contacting us for an appointment.

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Parents and guardians of existing patients can email, request records, schedule appointments and more.

Refer a Patient

Physicians and healthcare providers can request appointments, start transfers or contact us with questions.