Nasoalveolar Molding
How Does Nasoalveolar Molding Improve Cleft Outcomes?

Nasoalveolar molding, or NAM for short, is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive approach to reshaping the lips, gums, and nose prior to cleft lip and palate surgery.

Children born with an incomplete formation of the upper lip, or a cleft lip, often require surgical intervention to correct the problem so that breathing, eating, and speaking can develop normally. The same applies to a cleft palate, a similar defect in the roof of the mouth. While these can occur individually, they frequently appear together, exacerbating the severity of the condition as well as the procedures required to repair them.

Nasoalveolar molding is an innovative method used primarily in children that have particularly wide or large clefts. The NAM technique uses a plastic-like plate to reduce the cleft before the initial cleft lip repair, often resulting in fewer overall procedures your child may need over the course of their development.

Nasoalveolar Molding
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HOW NASOALVEOLAR MOLDING IS PERFORMED
RECOVERY AND POTENTIAL RISKS OF NAM
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