Feeding Plate (Cleft Palate and Lip Palate)

In case of a moderate or severe isolated cleft palate, or a cleft palate combined with a cleft lip, an orthognathic appliance (feeding plate) is indicated which enables the generation of a vacuum and a regular feeding because it hinders the communiation between the nasal and oral cavity. In addition, soothing advices may be needed. The figure shows the print of the palate with the corresponding feeding plate. An adjustable plate can be used to form and approach the dislocated parts of the alveolus, and to facilitate the surgical closure of the lip.