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Texas Medical Center

Orthodontics, Plastic Surgery, Cleft Lip & Palate
Phone: 832-822-3920
Fax: 832-825-3141


6701 Fannin Street
8th Floor, Wallace Tower
Houston, TX 77030

John O. Wirthlin, DDS, MSD

Craniofacial Orthodontist

Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
New York University School of Medicine Fellowship Craniofacial Orthodontics 2012
University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston Residency Orthodontics 2011
University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio Dental School Doctor of Dental Surgery 2009


Dr. John Wirthlin, DDS, MSD, is the full time craniofacial orthodontist on the cleft and craniofacial team at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Wirthlin received his orthodontic training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and his craniofacial orthodontic training at New York University. Dr. Wirthlin is one of the few orthodontists in the nation to have completed an American Dental Association accredited craniofacial orthodontic fellowship program. Dr. Wirthlin is also a board certified member of the American Board of Orthodontists.

As a member of the cleft and craniofacial team Dr Wirthlin helps treat patients born with a variety of facial abnormalities including, cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia, Crouzon Syndrome, Pierre Robin, and a variety of other abnormalities. Treating these patients in a team-centered approach allows optimal treatment results as professionals from plastic surgery, speech pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, otolaryngology, and several other specialties can coordinate and optimize each step of treatment.

Dr. Wirthlin has been extensively trained in NasoAlveolar Molding (NAM) and begins to work with patients born with cleft lip and palate as early as one week of age. In conjunction with the other specialists on the cleft and craniofacial team, Dr. Wirthlin is able to manage the orthodontic needs of patients born with craniofacial abnormalities from the time of birth up through adulthood.


Organization Name Role
American Association of Orthodontics Member
American Board of Orthodontics Member
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Member
American Dental Association Member

Selected Publications

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