Patient and Family Resources
Clefts are a very common birth difference. Globally, an estimated 1 out of every 700 babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Smile Train aims to support families worldwide by creating, connecting and sharing resources about comprehensive cleft care. Explore our site to find invaluable advice and resources.
Comprehensive Cleft Care Areas
Depending on where you live, cleft lip and/or palate surgeries and comprehensive cleft care can be expensive. While Smile Train primarily focuses on providing free cleft lip and/or palate surgery and comprehensive cleft care in developing countries, Smile Train also provides grants to accredited cleft teams in developed countriesLearn More
VALUE OF COMPREHENSIVE CLEFT CARE
The journey to living a healthy life for a child with a cleft starts with a smile. That’s just the beginning. Access to comprehensive cleft care gives a child the best chance of optimal treatment results–a healthy and productive life.
Comprehensive cleft care ensures that all aspects of a child–nutritional status; teeth and jaw alignment; hearing, speech, and language development; social skills and self-esteem–are cared for throughout a child’s life.
Comprehensive cleft care brings cleft care professionals together from different disciplines to offer treatment in the most impactful and cost-effective way not only for a child, but also his/her family.