9 doctors weighed in:
Can a cleft palate be treated in someone over 21?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Primarily cosmetic
While cleft palate repair is not always essential for life, repair at an early age will help to minimize hearing, speech, and cosmetic stigma.
However it is not uncommon to see individuals who have lived successful and productive lives with unrepaired clefts particularly when on medical missions in countries where health resources were not available to the locals unlike here in the usa.

In brief: Primarily cosmetic
While cleft palate repair is not always essential for life, repair at an early age will help to minimize hearing, speech, and cosmetic stigma.
However it is not uncommon to see individuals who have lived successful and productive lives with unrepaired clefts particularly when on medical missions in countries where health resources were not available to the locals unlike here in the usa.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Wile it is best to repair a cleft palate during infancy, it can be repaired afterwards.
This can help with eating and swallowing. Speech therapy will be needed to retrain the speech mechanisms to use the new repair.

In brief: Yes
Wile it is best to repair a cleft palate during infancy, it can be repaired afterwards.
This can help with eating and swallowing. Speech therapy will be needed to retrain the speech mechanisms to use the new repair.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Dr. Renee Burke
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cleft palate
Yes, a cleft palate can be treated at any age.
The optimal age is prior to speech development, however, an adult can be treated. Treatment will depend on the size of the cleft. You will want to see a surgeon that specializes in cleft surgery.

In brief: Cleft palate
Yes, a cleft palate can be treated at any age.
The optimal age is prior to speech development, however, an adult can be treated. Treatment will depend on the size of the cleft. You will want to see a surgeon that specializes in cleft surgery.
Dr. Renee Burke
Dr. Renee Burke
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Dr. Majid Jamali
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Cleft palate
It can be repaired ar any age.
Also if the cleft extends to the front of the jaw, bone grafting becomes necessary to build up the nose support and the base for the front teeth. Orthodontist has to be involved to align the segments prior to the surgery.

In brief: Cleft palate
It can be repaired ar any age.
Also if the cleft extends to the front of the jaw, bone grafting becomes necessary to build up the nose support and the base for the front teeth. Orthodontist has to be involved to align the segments prior to the surgery.
Dr. Majid Jamali
Dr. Majid Jamali
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