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Craniofacial Orthodontics

Craniofacial anomalies can affect a child’s ability to eat, hear and speak. Our team at CHOC understands that both congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies can have lasting effects on a child’s daily life and overall psychosocial development.

In order to effectively treat these conditions, our highly specialized craniofacial orthodontics team uses advanced techniques within the framework of a multidisciplinary team approach to help restore balance and function. At CHOC, we believe that conditions affecting the craniofacial complex and stomatognathic system shouldn’t put childhood on pause.

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What We Treat

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  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Dentofacial deformities
  • Special needs orthodontics
  • Syndromic craniosynostosis

Services & Treatments

  • Fixed orthodontic therapy (functional appliances and braces)
  • Nasoalveolar molding
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Removable orthodontic therapy (retainers)
  • Virtual surgical planning

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Complex conditions require an expert team of specialists. That’s why at CHOC, our multidisciplinary craniofacial team includes nurses, geneticists, plastic surgeons, oral maxillofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, pediatric dentists, craniofacial orthodontists, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, dietitians, psychologists and social workers.

Our well coordinated multidisciplinary team allows for routine follow-up visits, to monitor your child’s development and ensure they meet specific age-based milestones. When intervention is necessary, we work closely with families to efficiently carry out a plan that is sensitive to a child’s needs so you can be sure your child is receiving the best care possible.


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CHOC Clinic – Specialty Care

Building: CHOC Clinic | 1201 W. La Veta Ave. | Orange, CA 92868 | 888-770-2462

Meet Our Craniofacial Orthodontist

Olson, Douglas DMD, MS

Specialty: Craniofacial Orthodontics
Appointments: 714-509-8949

Dr. Douglas Olson is a craniofacial orthodontist who treats children and teens in Orange County.