Analysis of the maxillary dental arch after rapid maxillary expansion in patients with unilateral complete cleft lip and palate

Introduction: Although rapid maxillary expansion has been extensively studied in noncleft patients, scarce evidence of maxillary effects is found for patients with oral clefts. Our objective was to evaluate the dentoalveolar effects of rapid maxillary expansion in children with unilateral complete cleft lip and palate compared with noncleft patients. Methods: The experimental group included 25 patients with unilateral complete cleft lip and palate and posterior crossbite (9 girls, 16 boys; mean age, 10.6 years).

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