Nationally, Smile for a Lifetime (S4L) provides scholarships for orthodontic care for hundreds of patients each year, and has participating orthodontists throughout the US. Each chapter has its own Board of Directors who chooses the patients to be treated by the Foundation.
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to acquire assistance. Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and orthodontic needs.
We, at Spillane and Reynolds Orthodontics are driven by excellence. This in turn, extends outward to our surrounding communities. As a team, we are determined and passionate about providing exceptional patient care and uncompromising integrity; resulting in the need to give back and deliver “Amazing” results to our young candidates. We truly feel and believe by helping our youth that this will build their self-worth, encourage ambition and motivate them to have a positive outlook on their future, and our community.
Since 1997, Smiles Change Lives has delivered orthodontic treatment to more than 8,000 children nationwide. Over 700 generous orthodontic providers donate their time and efforts to change the lives of motivated, deserving children in their communities.
The Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership was established in 1997 as a community-based orthodontic program to help children from low-income families, whose self-esteem was impacted by having crooked teeth, receive orthodontic treatment. Now known as Smiles Change Lives, it has grown into an international organization with close to 750 orthodontists participating in the program. To date, over 6,000 children have received life-changing orthodontic treatment through SCL.
Smiles Change Lives has a unique model that matches children from low-income families, who need orthodontic treatment, with caring orthodontists willing to provide such treatment. Each family must agree to abide by the program’s rules and contribute a set amount to SCL to be approved for the program. SCL uses these funds to recruit more doctors willing to treat more children. In this way, each family truly “pays it forward”; by helping their own child, they are making it possible for the next child to be treated as well. Since its inception, more than 99% of the children approved for SCL have successfully completed treatment.
SCL is looking for youth who meet the following criteria: