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Smile for a Lifetime Foundation

Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that helps children in low-income families receive free orthodontic work.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How did this organization begin?

Smile for a Lifetime was establish in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and developed into a national non-profit in February 2009.

Where is this organization located?

Smile for a Lifetime currently has chapters in 29 U.S. states (as of January 2010) and we're working hard until the number reaches 50. Find our existing chapters by visiting the locate an orthodontist map.

How is your organization structured?

Smile for a Lifetime has an upside-down foundation model and is not top heavy. We believe that local community leaders should select local children to receive orthodontic scholarships from the chapter by the orthodontic provider.

How many local chapters currently exist?

This number increases weekly as Smile for a Lifetime has had tremendous growth. Smile for a Lifetime is not yet two years old and has nearly 80 chapters across the nation.

Why should an orthodontist become involved in this program?

(Answer coming soon.)

Does Smile For A Lifetime have financial needs? How can I give?

Smile for a Lifetime is not two years old yet. Having national sponsors like TeleVox Software and ORMCO have been tremendous assets. However, S4L does not receive any type of funding from grants, fees for our orthodontic scholarship recipients, etc. You may donate to S4L by visiting the S4L donation page. All financial gifts are needed and appreciated.

Doesn't the government provide funding for braces for children of low income families?

This answer varies from state to state with 50 different answers no joke. For the most part, the answer is no, although if the need is severe enough, sometimes Medicaid will pay for part of the treatment.

- Answers provided by the National Executive Director. (January 2011)

Smile for a Lifetime | National Executive Director
4565 Hilton Parkway, Suite 203 | Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Online Information

Website: www.S4L.org
Facebook: facebook.com/smileforalifetime
Twitter: twitter.com/smileforalifetime

Ever Been Embarrassed About Your Teeth?

Question: Have you ever not smiled like your usual self because of embarrassment over your teeth? Imagine going through a childhood with a crooked teeth, with the teasing that commonly goes with it, and to not have corrective braces because of your family's financial hardship.

Biking For More Smiles For Children

In February-April 2011, I bicycled across America to raise awareness for the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. This is a non-profit charitable organization that helps children from low income families receive orthodontic work, namely braces.

When I first met Aimee Spencer, the National Executive Director and learned of this charity, I was shocked to learn how expensive braces can be for children: In the range of $5000 to $6000.

Smile for a Lifetime I invite you to check out the Smile for a Lifetime website and the many videos on this page. Get ready to be touched and inspired about how they are making a difference in the world, one child at a time. - Steve Garufi

Website: www.S4L.org
Facebook: facebook.com/smileforalifetime
Twitter: twitter.com/smileforalifetime

Smile for a Lifetime In The News

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Orthodontic Services For Children In Need

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