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Original widesmiles site has been closed a couple of years before.
I am afraid you can not find anymore.
Sorry for this delayed update including deletion of missing links.

This mirror site is registered by Shinichi Terada, MD. with permission of Ms. Joanne Green,
who is the legendary lady providing many useful information of cleft lip & palate care in the early Internet era.

Your suggestions or request of family photo deletion can be sent to ws4 at

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Cleft Lip and Palate Resource

Since 1991

Got a question? Search Cleft Links for an answer! Topics include:

         New Parent Information

         Feeding Issues

         Terms & Definitions

         Inspirational Thoughts



         Pierre Robin

         Insurance Issues




         School & Self Esteem

         Related Syndromes

         Help with the Internet

This site has lots to offer.
Please explore and use it!

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Brothers, Jacob and Joey, both shown at age 2. Jacob was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, and Joey was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.  Both have had lip and palate repair.

PLEASE NOTE: Information provided is not to be construed as medical advice, it is made available to you for informational purposes only. Check with your personal physician before embarking on any change in routine or in making decisions regarding your healthcare or that of your family.

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One child in 700 is born with a cleft. It is the fourth most common birth defect, and the first most common facial birth defect. And yet so many parents feel so alone.

WIDE SMILES was formed to ensure that parents of cleft-affected children do not have to feel alone. We offer support, inspiration, information and networking for families everywhere who may be dealing with the challenges associated with clefting.

At WIDE SMILES we believe that, while it may not have been wonderful that our children were born with cleft, it is nonetheless true that our children who were born with cleft are wonderful. Together we share the struggle, the pain, the joy and the triumph of watching our children grow. Their challenges may be many, but we can face them together, learn from each other and help our children to recognize their beauty within.

Contact Information


Photo Gallery

A picture is worth a thousand words. This area is priceless if you are traveling the same road. The Wide Smiles Photo Gallery features over 100 cleft-affected children and adults ... and the people who love them. Come and see a photo journey of their lives.

Network With Others:

Who Has a Cleft?

         View our Cleft Talk Quilt

Pacific Cleft Prevention Program

Lippy the Lion - A goodwill ambassador for cleft lip and palate, all around the world.

Lippy is a very special lion. He was born with a cleft lip. Now that his lip is all stitched together, Lippy has decided to travel the world, visiting girls and boys who understand what it means to be born with a cleft lip and palate.

Watch his page and see all the adventures Lippy has while he visits his friends all over the world. Add your name to Lippy's itinerary and someday, before you know it, Lippy will come visit YOU, too!

Medical Resources

Clefts & Beyond: Related Syndromes

         Information concerning some Rare Syndromes & related conditions

         Looking For A Doctor? Try Here:
Wide Smiles Guide to Doctors and Medical Professionals


More Resources - Not all Cleft Related

         EIP: Early Intervention Programs

         Feeding Bottles & Nipples


         Helpful Products for Parents & Kids

         Resource Mall: Books, & More

         Adoption Information


FaceUP! Educating the Media about Cleft

Joanne Green is Founding Director of Wide Smiles. Winner of 1997 Parent-Patient Leadership Award         

Yahoo Medical Site of Week,
April 15, 1996

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Revised: September 13, 2005