Cleft Jaw Surgery

Conveniently located to serve New York City, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island

Children with clefts have a greater chance of having their upper jaw grow less than their lower jaw. This ‘underbite’ or malocclusion is treated surgically with a Le Fort I or upper jaw advancement procedure to line up the upper teeth with the lower teeth. Prior to surgery, your child will require orthodontic preparation with braces.

Cleft Jaw Surgery Objectives

  • To correct the malocclusion or underbite so the upper teeth fit together with the lower teeth like puzzle pieces.
  • To provide improved facial appearance with fuller features in the mid-face.
  • To alleviate breathing issues by creating more airway space in the throat.

State-of-the-Art Techniques

Dr. Bradley works with the cleft orthodontist using a team approach and uses virtual surgical planning with 3D imaging and model surgery. In addition, he has been one of the first to use pre-milled precise plating for intraoperative accuracy.


Why should I get the Le Fort I surgery done?

If an upper jaw growth problem exists, the maxillary advancement surgery will correct your malocclusion, relieve tension on your TMJ (joint), and help you keep your teeth longer.

What does the full process involve?

The full process involves orthodontic preparation for 9 months; followed by the surgery; followed by finishing orthodontics which may take 3 more months. At times, third molar or other teeth extraction(s) are necessary.

Your Cleft Jaw Surgery procedure will be performed in James P Bradley, MD's surgery center located in New York.
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“Probably the best Plastic Surgeon in the city. I had a procedure with him that changed my life. I had a jaw issue that I was embarrassed about and he made me feel immediately comfortable. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in looking and feeling better.

Hayes B.

“Outstanding surgeon with wonderful bedside manner, would highly recommend him.”

Marc O.

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