NAM is a non-surgical technique used to treat cleft lip and palate patients. The orthopedic appliance brings Dominick's lip and gum together by redirecting the forces of natural growth.
This is how it works:
1. Dominick's pediatric orthodontist will take a mold of his mouth.
2. The orthodontist will then create a custom-made plastic plate of Dominick's mouth, lip and nostrils.
3. Dominick will wear the plate 24-hours a day for approximately six months. The plate is held in the mouth by surgical skin tape that also helps guide the growth of Dominick's face.
4. Each week, the orthodontist will reshape the plate, reducing Dominick's cleft and reshaping his facial features.
What are the Benefits of the NAM Technique?
1. Typically, children with cleft lip and palate require between five to seven surgeries—sometimes extending into adolescent years. The NAM device reduces the number of surgeries required during a patient's lifetime, which in turn reduces facial scarring, trauma, inconvenience and cost involved in additional surgeries.
2. The NAM device dramatically improves post-surgical aesthetic results for cleft lip and palate patients. In addition, it may also have a dramatic effect on speech and overall health.
3. Because the NAM device covers the roof of your infant’s mouth, the NAM appliance also helps with feeding.