More Than a Happy Face

East Cooper's Cleft Lip and Palate Interdisciplinary Team treats the visible and invisible effects of this disorder. Starting with prenatal support, we provide services that can help improve hearing, breathing, speech and language development—and self-esteem, for a healthier life and a happier childhood.

Every child deserves the ability to speak, eat, smile and live like any other kid. Cleft lip and cleft palate—disorders in which a baby’s lips and mouth didn’t properly form before birth—can interfere with that in significant, or sometimes devastating, ways.

Multidisciplinary Care

Treating cleft lip and palate takes more than just plastic surgery. It takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to improve your child’s quality of life. Our team brings together expertise in speech therapy, social work, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, ENT, pediatric dentistry, plastic surgery and reconstruction, and maxillofacial prosthodontics to address multiple aspects of your child’s needs.

Comprehensive Services

The Cleft Palate Interdisciplinary team provides care guidance for access to comprehensive evaluation and services, including:

  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Surgery for complex facial disorders and bone disorders
  • Treatment for disorders of the soft palate and nasal cavity
  • Dental and orthodontic treatment
  • Speech and swallow therapy

The Cleft Lip and Palate Program is dedicated to supporting the parent and family throughout the evaluation and treatment process. Our aim is to help you navigate access to the services you need. Most insurances are accepted.