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Craniofacial Anomalies

Craniofacial Anomalies

We are blessed to work with special kids with different Craniofacial Anomalies (CFA), including cleft lip palate, Crouzon Syndrome, Apert Syndrome, and many other syndromes. We work closely with medical and dental specialists to provide your child with the most advanced care to give them their own special smile.

What Are Craniofacial Anomalies?

A craniofacial anomaly is a deformity in the growth of the head and facial bones. They are typically present at birth and are one of the most common birth defects. There are a number of variations. Some of the most common are cleft lip, cleft palate, and Craniosynostosis. Craniofacial Anomalies can be caused by genetics, environmental issues, and folic acid deficiencies. Medical experts agree that there is no one single cause.

About Dr. Parris

Dr. Parris is a member of the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team, which meets monthly. Our patients are scheduled at this clinic for special evaluation by plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, and speech pathologists. Routine orthodontic appointments with Dr. Parris are scheduled in our private office. Additionally, Dr. Parris is an associate professor and director of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Cleft Lip Palate Program. Orthodontic and pediatric dental residents are trained by Dr. Parris on providing nasoalveolar molding (NAM) treatment on newborn cleft patients at the dental school cleft clinic.

Testimonials

At our 20 week ultrasound we learned that Preston had a cleft lip and palate. We were immediately told about Dr. Parris. We thought our first step would be a plastic surgeon, but we learned quickly that Dr. Parris and his team would become our partners in this journey. Preston’s first appointment with Dr. Parris was within his first week of life. That began a 13 month journey of weekly appointments. Dr. Parris and his staff became our family. We were all in this together. Now, 8 years later, Preston has the most precious smile, and his personality definitely fits that smile. We are so thankful that we get to be patients and friends of the Parris Orthodontics Team.

The Miller Family


Dr. Parris and his staff are exceptional. I was a very scared first time parent and he helped ease our worry with all things dental for our cleftie cutie, Rémy. Dr. Parris is a very caring orthodontist who excels in reassuring this patients, explains what they are doing every step of the way and provides excellent service. He and his staff are always willing to answer any question or concerns. We look forward to continuing our cleft dental journey with Dr. Parris and his staff. 

The Anderson Family

Helpful Links

ACPA Family Services
Children's Craniofacial Association
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

Parris Orthodontics

If your child with born with a Craniofacial Anomaly, call us today for more information or to set up a consultation. We will gladly answer any questions you may have.

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