Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that affect the appearance and function of the lips and mouth, and they are more common than you might guess. Each year more than 7,000 babies are born in the United States with one of these conditions.
Yale Medicine offers a comprehensive, team-based approach to treating babies born with cleft palate, says Derek Steinbacher, DMD, MD, FACS, director of the Craniofacial Program for Yale Medicine. “We fix clefts in infancy for social, aesthetic and functional reasons. The goal is to help the baby eat, drink, nurse—and basically, to grow and thrive.”