Corrective jaw surgery (1389)

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Cleft nose, lip and upper jaw re-shaping

What is Nasal Alveolar Molding (NAM)?

NAM is a treatment for young infants with cleft lip and palate. A molding appliance is made for the infant and is worn before lip surgery. It looks like a retainer.

How will this help my infant?

The appliance works to re-shape the nose, lip and upper jaw bone. It helps move the bones in the upper jaw closer together. This will reduce the size of the cleft before cleft lip repair, making the operation easier and usually gives better results.

How is the appliance made?

How is it used?

The orthodontist will teach you how to tape and care for the molding appliance. If you have any questions about the appliance or its care, call the orthodontist’s office. If your child is sensitive to tape, be sure to tell the orthodontist.

What are the risks?

The appliance may irritate the nose or inside the mouth. Tape may irritate the cheeks or skin. In rare cases the NAM device can interfere with breathing. Caregivers need to watch for this.

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.