The following website is from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Grad students from the Biomedical Visualization program made animated videos showing how cleft lip, cleft palate, nasopharyngoscopy, and alveolar clefts get closed. Each video is a few minutes long and gives a wonderful visual of repair procedures for these conditions.
What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?
A cleft lip creates an opening in the upper lip between the mouth and the nose and a cleft palate occurs when the two sides of a palate do not join together – this leaves an opening in the roof of the mouth. A cleft lip and palate can occur on one or both sides of the mouth. It is possible for a baby to be born with just a cleft lip or a cleft lip and a cleft palate or only a cleft palate.