Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time - Minneapolis Area Orthodontic Practices Join National Charity to Provide Healthy Smiles for Underserved

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Smiles Change Lives is seeking applicants, ages 10-18, for its affordable orthodontic care program. Several Minneapolis area orthodontists are eager to help children in their community. Immediate openings are available in Minneapolis and nationwide. For more information visit

Changing a smile is a gift that just keeps giving. The results we achieve are life-changing and long lasting.

A child’s joyful smile is contagious. However, some children are afraid to smile because they are embarrassed by their teeth. In today’s economy, this situation can be heartbreaking for families who do not have the resources to pay the full cost of orthodontic treatment.

Thanks to hundreds of caring orthodontists and one national charity, families have an opportunity to help their children obtain affordable orthodontic treatment. Smiles Change Lives (SCL) is now serving low-income kids in the Minneapolis area thanks to the dedication of several local orthodontists.

These doctors have joined SCL to help provide better care to youth in the Minneapolis area who cannot afford treatment and don’t qualify for other assistance. The doctors will donate their time and talents to treat SCL-approved patients. SCL requires that each patient’s family pay a $500 program fee in return for full orthodontic treatment.

“SCL is a great way to make a difference in a young person’s life. I serve on the community advisory board, and we have been so humbled by the willingness of orthodontists to share their skills and those of their staff with SCL patients. The community has been generous with contributions, and the program has flourished under the local leadership of Dr. Steve Litton. SCL is truly one of those win-win organizations to be involved with,” says Dr. Michelle Bergsrud.

SCL is actively seeking program applicants who meet these criteria:

  • 10-18 years old
  • Household taxable income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Crooked teeth and/or misaligned jaws
  • Good oral hygiene

“Changing a smile is a gift that just keeps giving. The results we achieve are life-changing and long lasting. SCL allows even those with limited finances to benefit from a healthy smile. We are all winners with this opportunity,” says Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth.

Interested families are encouraged to review the program’s financial guidelines at Educators, nurses, counselors and oral health professionals are encouraged to nominate or refer candidates to this program. Visit to download an application in English or Spanish or call (888) 900-3554 to request more information or an application by mail.

“We just hope to help kids be confident and proud of their smiles and have them pay it forward,” says Dr. Michael Hoxie.

Minneapolis area orthodontists who have generously donated their time and skills to SCL include:

Dr. John Aamodt
Dr. Joseph Basile
Dr. Michelle Bergsrud                    
Dr. John Beyer
Dr. Kim Bohlig
Dr. Jason Burckhard
Dr. Stephen Colby
Dr. Mark Dale
Dr. Delia Dall’Arancio
Dr. Kevin Denis
Dr. Bruce Dormanen
Dr. Curtis Dunn
Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth
Dr. Keith Erickson
Dr. Michael Gleysteen
Dr. Robert Grossman
Dr. Andrew Helmich
Dr. Steve Henseler
Dr. Gregg Hipple
Dr. Paul Hobday
Dr. Michael Hoxie
Dr. Bruce Hultgren
Dr. Jason Huse
Dr. Jeremy Johnson
Dr. Douglas Jolstad
Dr. Peter Kuipers
Dr. Dean Leonard
Dr. Stephen Litton
Dr. Becky Maher
Dr. Tammy Meister
Dr. Alan Montgomery
Dr. Hugh Murdoch
Dr. Stephen Nelson
Dr. Benjamin Nemeth
Dr. Bradley Pearson
Dr. Scott Rensch
Dr. Angela Ross
Dr. Leo Sinna
Dr. Daniel Sletten
Dr. Donna Stenberg
Dr. Krestine Tiziani
Dr. Jesse Veil
Dr. Bradley Videen
Dr. Andrew Wahl
Dr. Tiffany Waki
Dr. Angela Wandera
Dr. Richard Zapfel

Smiles Change Lives (SCL) promotes and provides access to life-changing, essential orthodontic treatment to children from low-income families. With a growing demand nationwide, our vision is to provide access to braces for all youth suffering from crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. Since 1997, SCL has created more than 1,500 healthy smiles. With the support of 3M, our official orthodontic industry sponsor, SCL will be able to reach out to even more communities nationwide.


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