Because Everyone Deserves a Complete Smile
Untreated cleft lip/palate has many consequences including negative effects on speech, hearing, appearance, and physical and psychological well-being. Children can have problems with their ears and sinuses. Cleft can interfere with the development of the jaw with surgery often being needed to correctly align the jaw.
Oral clefts are among the most widely known and common craniofacial abnormalities. Approximately one in 700 children worldwide is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. And cleft does not discriminate – while there are identified causes in poor prenatal care, in many cases, factors causing a cleft abnormality cannot be identified.
Because many Latin American countries have limited access to adequate medical resources, and their residents lack sufficient income to afford necessary medical treatment, Austin Smiles has worked in these regions for over 30 years. We give people the access to day-to-day interactions without facial deformities – access that many of us might take for granted.