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Müge Aksu

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Müge Aksu

Dr. Müge Aksu a full time Professor at Hacettepe University, where she received her Dental Degree and Specialty Degree in Orthodontics. During 2004-2005,

She worked as an orthodontic fellow in Cleft and Craniofacial Center, at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, USA. In 2013, she was involved in the establishment of the Research and Application Center for the treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniomaxillofacial Disorders at Hacettepe University. She is also a senior consultant orthodontist in the research center. 

Dr. Aksu has authored many scientific articles, and serves as a reviewer/board member to many national and international journals. In addition to her national and international publications; her main academic interests are multidisciplinary treatments of cleft lip and palate, craniofacial abnormalities and orthognathic surgery. She is an active board member of Turkish Orthodontic Society. She is also one of the founders of Turkish Cleft Lip and Palate Society. 


Multidisciplinary Treatment of Cleft Lip & Palate:
Role of Orthodontist from Infancy to Adulthood

Complex cases with orthodontic and craniofacial malformations   represent a challenge for orthodontists. This lecture presents an overview of cleft lip and palate and the role of the orthodontist in the management. In order to meet the cleft patient´s demands.
Today´s practice requires a multidisciplinary approach to achieve the planned result. To facilitate the collaboration between the clinical team members and to develop an effective diagnosis and treatment plan, a well-defined protocol for the treatment of cleft lip and palate is essential.
This lecture focuses on the features of cleft lip and palate, as well as the clinical problems seen in this group of patients, followed by multidisciplinary team approach including different branches of medicine and dentistry. Cases will illustrate how orthodontics combines with other specialties during infancy, mixed, and permanent dentition. During infancy, nasoalveolar molding treatment is applied while mixed dentition period involves active orthodontic and orthopedic interventions in cleft lip and palate patients. To correct the transverse discrepancies in mixed dentition, maxillary expansion appliances are widely used. To correct the sagittal discrepancies, facemask is used to obtain effective maxillary protraction that improves the Class III malocclusion.
The irregularity of the maxillary arch can be solved during this period, which provides an optimum secondary alveolar bone grafting. During the permanent dentition, orthodontic or orthognathic surgery treatment can be applied depending on the severity of malocclusion.