Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip & Palate

We have expertise and a special passion in this area of orthodontia.


“The infant born with a cleft has a beautiful smile, we just need to provide a little assembly”
                        -Dr. Cermin
Part of Dr. Cermin’s passion for creating smiles has led her to caring for children with Cleft Lip and Palate. A cleft lip is an opening in the lip that may extend up into the nose, and may be on one or both sides of the lip. A cleft palate is a hole in the upper roof of the mouth that leads to the nasal cavity. When these disorders are paired together, they are Cleft Lip and Palate, and can compromise the infant’s breathing and feeding.


2 years post surgery

Cleft Lip and Palate is the most common birth condition, with causes such as genetic disorders maternal smoking, or other environmental factors. A cleft may be a part of a larger syndrome as well.


Treatments for a cleft is surgery. While the patient is waiting for the surgery, pediatric craniofacial specialists create an appliance to enable the child to eat and swallow normally.


Prognosis for a cleft lip is good with appropriate craniofacial care and surgery. It can be corrected to full function, with minimal scarring.


Dr. Cermin’s role is to counsel families, create appliances for the infant to eat, and guide patient’s facial bones into the correct place for surgical manipulation.