Kids Can Go “Back to School” With A Healthier Smile - Smiles Change Lives Connects Caring Orthodontists With Children In Need

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"Back to School" time is around the corner. With the current economy, many families are postponing orthodontic treatment for their children, which means more teasing and taunting in the fall. Smiles Change Lives is a national charity that helps provide affordable orthodontic care for youth ages 10-18. Families are encouraged to apply for assistance from the program in order to begin progress toward a healthy, beautiful smile before kids head back to school.

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SCL has hundreds of immediate openings for affordable orthodontic care.

In today’s tough economy, families may be postponing orthodontic care for their children. One national charity provides an affordable option for families to send their kids back to school in the fall with a new smile and renewed confidence.

Smiles Change Lives (SCL) is a national nonprofit organization that helps children who desperately need, but whose families cannot afford, braces. “SCL is a tremendous resource for working families who want their children to have a healthy and attractive smile,” states Dr. Zackary Faber, SCL provider and orthodontist from Melville, NY.

SCL has hundreds of immediate openings nationwide with one of the more than 450 SCL orthodontic providers in the program. The organization continues to add providers daily to meet the growing demand from applicants. Smiles Change Lives is seeking applicants who meet the following criteria:

  •     Ages 10-18 with good oral hygiene
  •     Have crooked teeth and/or misaligned jaws
  •     Taxable family income is at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
  •     Are willing to pay a $500 program fee if approved for the program

“We hear over and over again that kids are reluctant to go back to school in the fall because they know their peers will start teasing them about their teeth,” shares Andrea Umbreit, Director of Marketing and Communications for Smiles Change Lives. “Smiles Change Lives is an affordable option for helping kids who need braces now, regardless of their family’s financial situation,” adds Ms. Umbreit.

“I became an SCL provider because I know the transformation that orthodontic treatment can create for a child. I’m adjusting not only a child’s teeth and bite, but I’m also giving them a better chance at a successful future,” asserts Dr. Amy Farnsworth, SCL orthodontic provider from Louisville, KY.

Dentists, hygienists, nurses, counselors, social workers, case managers and teachers are also welcome to refer candidates to SCL. For application information, please visit or call 888-900-3554 to obtain information via mail. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit to review financial qualifications for the program.

Dr. Faber adds, “Don’t give up on braces for your child. Smiles Change Lives is a program that works miracles for kids and families, I’ve seen it happen.”

Smiles Change Lives (SCL) is a national nonprofit organization that connects caring orthodontists with children in need. SCL serves children, ages 10-18, who desperately need but whose families cannot afford, braces. Since 1997, SCL has created more than 1,500 healthy smiles. With the support of 3M, SCL will reach out to even more communities and orthodontists nationwide.


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