The Leo H. Rheam Foundation has been in development for over a year. Through volunteering at dental outreach events like Team Smile or community orthodontic programs like Smiles Change Lives, I’ve witnessed the need for specialized care for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. The majority of these patients are able to find an orthodontist and receive treatment. However, there are some who cannot afford even interceptive orthodontic treatment : a necessary step prior to bone grafting to close the cleft and provide support for new teeth around the ages of 7-9.

With this need in mind, we have formed a local non-profit organization to help provide medically-necessary orthodontic care to patients who cannot afford orthodontics in preparation for cleft lip or palate surgeries.

If you know someone in need, would you please call us at (800) 506-1750 or email :

Thank you for your support – Dustin