The Faculty of Dentistry at CMU has Developed an Orthodontic Tool to Help Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate, Winning a TRF Research Award, 2010.
CMU researchers have developed a tool for treatment of orthodontic patients with cleft lip and palate. The tool treats disorders of the teeth, thereby correcting the balance of the face. It reduces the time for surgery as well as the reliance on expensive imported equipment. Patients can now be treated for less than 100,000 Thai baht per year.
Today, orthodontic treatment is being developed to play a role in helping to bring beautiful teeth and smiles to patients with cleft lip and palate. A Chiang Mai University research team has developed tools and techniques that offer orthodontic treatment at a reduced cost to cleft palate patients using dental surgery supported under the development of Dr. Edward Udo Suzuki and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boonsiwa Suzuki, Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University. The research has won an Outstanding Research award from the Office of the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) for 2010.
This research has brought together research results in teaching and learning from the Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University and lecturers, doctors and dentists Siriraj Hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital and the faculties of dentistry at Mahidol University and Khon Kaen University. The Faculty of Dentistry at Chiang Mai University has achieved a 100% success rate with the first 20 patients and expects to continually increase the number of treated patients.