Orthodontic Studio in collaboration with Invisalign’s new charitable program!
December 19, 2019
FREE Invisalign Treatment!
Doesn’t it sound great? And it is for those who need them the most. Yes! Orthodontic Studio takes a new initiative that to spread kindness. Invisalign has agreed to provide FREE aligner treatment for people with craniofacial anomalies and genetic disorders.
As an Associate at the Hospital of Sick Kids, Dr sky has more than 10 years of unprecedented expertise in providing specialized orthodontic care to children with cleft lip and/or palate, craniofacial anomalies and a variety of other complex facial conditions.
We feel elated to announce that Dr Sky will be extending her service for these special needs children at Orthodontic Studio as well. We are now in partnership with Invisalign for a new charitable program called Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) that can help people with genetic and craniofacial disorders to smile more.
Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Program aims to recognize patients with physical and cognitive disabilities by offering them a free-of-charge Invisalign® treatment.
Who can benefit from?
Many children and teens with craniofacial issues, genetic syndromes, or other health conditions have had limited options to achieve a straighter smile. The good news is that Invisalign clear aligners may be able to help.
*Eligible patients are patients with health issues such as genetic syndromes, craniofacial or clefts, health related contraindications to fixed appliance treatment or other contraindications to fixed appliance treatments.
What are Craniofacial Anomalies?
Craniofacial anomalies (CFA) are a highly diverse group of complex congenital anomalies. Collectively, they affect a significant proportion of the world. Cleft lip and/or palate, for example, occurs in approximately 1 per 500-700 births, the ratio varying considerably across geographic areas or ethnic groupings.
Although this is not an exhaustive list, the following are the most common conditions that can affect teeth and the jaws:
- Cleft lip and palate syndrome
- Treacher Collins syndrome
- Miller syndrome
- Hemifacial Microsomia
- Crouzon syndrome
- Apert syndrome
- Pfeiffer syndrome
- Ectodermal Dysplasia
- Pierre Robin syndrome
- Stickler syndrome
- Cleidocranial Dysplasia
These abnormalities are present at birth (congenital) and there are numerous variations. Some are mild and some are severe and need surgery. Some craniofacial anomalies are associated with anomalies elsewhere in the body, which can be serious.
Children with craniofacial anomalies require a very detailed and unique medical support. Therefore, geneticists, surgeons, pediatricians, neurosurgeons, ENTs, orthodontists, ophthalmologists, speech therapists and many others who will take care of these patients should all have a very specific expertise in the field, because the problems of these patients often differ substantially from those of normal patients.
The orthodontist as one of the many specialists within the craniofacial team plays a major role in stabilization and optimization of the craniofacial defects from the initial birth stages until skeletal growth maturation. Systematic approaches of orthodontic management protocols, depending on the exact nature of the anomaly are needed to be followed to support skeletal, dental and soft tissue components. This was found to significantly improve the psychological status and functional demands of the patients who normally suffer from, due to the presence of facial defects.
How does this Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) program work?
- If you know someone who can benefit from this program, refer them to Orthodontic Studio and we would love to have them.
- Dr Sky will offer a complimentary consultation and we will take the extra oral and intra oral photographs and radiographs that will help in analysis.
- We will submit the completed form with the records to Invisalign for app
- Invisalign will review the case and confirm if it qualifies for treatment.
- If the case is approved, Invisalign will waive off the lab fee and Dr Sky will provide the treatment pro bono.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees”
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