Dr. Ioulia Ioannidou-Marathiotou is Associate Professor at the Department of Orthodontics, of the School of Dentistry of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She received her Dental Degree in 1976 and her Doctorate Degree in 1990 from the same University. She completed her Postgraduate education and Master Thesis in 1982 at the Department of Orthodontics, École Dentaire Paris VII, Paris, France. She served as a Fellow in 2000 at the Department of Orthodontics, Section of Clefts and Other Craniofacial Disorders, School of Dentistry Université de Rennes I, Rennes, France, and, in 2002, Fellow at the Department of Orthodontics, Section of Clefts and Other Craniofacial Disorders, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University, New York, USA.
She is an active member in 9 Greek and International societies and Titulary Member of the Société Française d’ Orthopédie Dento-Faciale (SFODF). Since 1993, she served as Member of the Board of Trustees, and as Vice President of the Orthodontic Society of Northern Greece and currently she is Secretary General of the Orthodontic Society of Northern Greece.
She presented 101 papers and lectures worldwide and published more than 50 scientific papers. She is co-author of the Book “Ioannidou-Marathiotou Ι, Papadopoulos MA, Papadopulos ΝA, ed. Cleft lip and palate: Diagnosis and treatment management” (2013) and contributed with chapters to other books.
Her main clinical and research interests are the oral rehabilitation of cleft-lip and palate patients.
INVITED LECTURE: Orthodontic management of cleft lip and palate patients: The path to happiness
I. Ioannidou-Marathiotou, M. A. Papadopoulos
Treatment for patients with cleft lip and palate is a long term and complex procedure. It involves the rehabilitation of severe skeletal anomalies, bone deficiencies, malocclusions, malformations and psychological problems. Young and adolescent patients are often emotionally affected because of their appearance and the social impact in the school and their everyday life.
Treatment for patients with cleft lip and palate extends from birth to adulthood and requires a multidisciplinary team approach to restore function and aesthetics. The role of Orthodontists in cleft lip and palate treatment is paramount. It follows the child from the primary dentition stage, later during the permanent dentition and further until the end of craniofacial growth. Orthodontic intervention usually starts in the early mixed dentition preparing the maxillary arch for secondary bone graft procedure. When the permanent dentition is completed, comprehensive orthodontic treatment is performed for tooth alignment, adequate anteroposterior inter-arch relationship, and space closure or pre-surgical orthodontic preparation in cases with poor midface growth which require orthognathic surgery. It is a long and difficult road for these affected children but the road is leading to the improvement of their self-image and of their quality of life.
The aim of this lecture is to present and discuss the orthodontic involvement in the rehabilitation of cleft lip and palate patients who received treatment at the “Clinic of Craniofacial anomalies and Syndromes” of the “Postgraduate Program of Orthodontics” at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.