Cleft lip and cleft palate are the most common birth defect in the United States – one of every 600 newborns is affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate, according to the American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA). Most of these babies undergo surgery during the first year of their lives to repair a cleft lip, and require additional surgeries and treatments as they grow.
There are seven billion smiles in this world, but to parents, their child's smile is the most beautiful. Whether it's a baby's first smile, a sweet smile when they wake up or a smile you needed after a long day – there's nothing more heartwarming. The 7 Billion Smiles and Yours Is My Favorite videos highlight the importance of cleft and craniofacial awareness through the stories of children who were born with a cleft or craniofacial abnormalities. Told from the perspective of each child’s parent, we learn about Sofia, Colton and Penelope and why their smiles are their parent’s favorite out of all 7 billion smiles in this world.
Captured by Scott Dalton, the portraits below are a reflection of the joy, laughter and happiness that can come from a simple – yet powerful – smile.
The Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of children with cleft lip and palates. The recognized cleft team specializes in care of children needing surgery to improve the appearance and/or function of patients’ lips and palates.
Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950
Houston, TX 77030
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday except major holidays)