Helping Children with Cleft Lips/Palates
Healthy Smiles has been utilizing the Nasoalveolar Molding, or NAM appliance, to enhance the surgical results of cleft lip and palate repairs since 2016. Healthy Smiles is one of the only pediatric dental clinics in Orange County that offers pre-surgical Nasoalveolar Molding for babies with cleft lip and palates. The use of the appliance can facilitate feeding, protect sensitive tissues within the cleft site, and alter the shape, as well as reduce the size of the cleft of the lip and palate, all prior to the first surgical procedures. We help reduce the number of follow up/corrective surgeries and minimize scarring caused by additional surgeries.