Welcome to the Facial Animation Laboratory at the Department of Orthodontics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our research and state of the art methods for collecting data to help individuals with Cleft Lip and Palate.

The Facial Animation Laboratory team at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry is currently working on a federal grants, funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.  Principal Investigator, Dr. Carroll Ann Trotman, is investigating cleft lip and palate surgery.

Located at 150 Dental Circle 3200 First Dental, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, we collect extensive data on patients with Cleft Lip and Palate using three-dimensional imaging equipment.


Research Information:

Patients born with cleft lip/palate may undergo numerous and extensive soft tissue surgeries in an attempt to normalize the facial features. Residual scarring as a result of these surgeries limits the optimum esthetic results. Our research indicates that patients remain with significant impairments in circumoral movement and disfigurement of the region. The dynamic and static objective measures that we have developed provide surgeons with a tool to more accurately assess both the extent of the impairment and degree of disfigurement, and ultimately, tailor revision surgeries to a patient’s individual needs.

Enrollment Information:

For information about enrolling as a participant in our research, contact Ashwini Joshi at (919) 537-3213 or ashwini1@email.unc.edu. In addition, more information about our studies is located under “Our Research.”