A new simple method of supporting the lip and cheek in cases of Bell's palsy or facial paralysis has been found to be successful in a number of instances. It is necessary to give this support to prevent the droop and loss of tone that is so characteristic of these tissues in facial paralysis.
This method consists in cradling the lip and cheek in a translucent plastic support and connecting that support by rubber band tension to a metal hook that is fastened to the last upper molar on the affected side (fig. 1).
The lip support or cradle (A-B) is the part that actually lifts the lip and cheek under tension from the rubber hand. It consists of two flanges and a connecting bar that is shaped to conform to the closed lips (fig. 2). The flanges should be large enough to keep the tissues from bunching at the