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Any tips for someone with a cleft lip & palate?

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Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 43 years experience
Orthodontics: I suggest you see an orthodontist to see what can be done. An orthodontist is trained in the treatment of dent-facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. You may also need surgery on your cleft palate to close the cleft. However, your teeth should be aligned first so that the surgeon can establish a normal bite during the surgery.
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Go to a cleft team: Check out clefline.Org for cleft teams near you, and get a full evaluation. You may benefit from facial plastic surgery, speech intervention, orthodontic treatment, oral surgery, etc. The best way to find out is to see a team, and not just individual specialists.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
TEAM APPROACH!: I agree with the team suggestion 100%.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is a "cleft lip/palate team"?

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Dr. Jeffrey Marsh
Plastic Surgery 51 years experience
Diverse, expert team: A cleft lip/palate team is a group of healthcare providers with expertise in evaluation and management of cleft lip with or without cleft palate. These usually include: audiology, craniofacial/plastic surgery, dentistry, ear/nose/throat surgery, nursing, ophthalmology, oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, psychology, speech therapy and a patient coordinator.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can be done for cleft lip palate?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
A lot: Surgical repair is the treatment for cleft lip and palate. It will often be multiple, staged surgeries during childhood. It is best to be treated at a multi-disciplinary cleft lip and palate clinic. You can find one in your area by checking out the acpa website.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How common is a cleft lip/palate ?

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Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 years experience
About 1 in 600 : Cleft lip and palate birthrates vary among different races and population groups. Males more often have isolated cleft lips, which are more common on the left side. Females more often have isolated cleft palates. Syndromic births have an increased association of cleft lip and palate.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How to tell if you have a cleft lip/palate?

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Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
These sadly are: Birth defects that affect the upper lip and roof of the mouth. It is correctable surgically. Just google cleft lip and palate for images - they are very distinct in appearance.

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