Nasoalveolar molding

Nasoalveolar Molding (NAM) is a technique in which the gum ridges (alveolus) and/or the nose are molded with a specially formed appliance, similar to an orthotic retainer, prior to surgery to repair the cleft lip. The baby wears the NAM 24 hours a day soon after birth for a period of time (weeks or months) to help mold the soft tissues of the mouth in preparation for surgery. For a short video by one of Dr. van Aalst's actualy patients on the correct way to put in a NAM (Nasoalveolar Molding) device, click here.