Some candidate for braces who’ve already gotten assessments are unable to get their braces, most likely due to their family not having insurance or the extra income needed to afford them. One orthodontist in Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania is aware of this issue, and has decided to help out.
Dr. Ryan Tambourine and his team recently held an even to screen kids to see if they’re good candidate for braces via the nonprofit organization, Smiles Changes Lives. The Kenneth Square Orthodontist agreed to accept kids for treatment, on top of providing $650 braces to the children for free.
Smiles Change Lives Director of Provider Services Alexis Barclay says that they’re excited to work with Dr. Tambourine, who recently committed $100,000 in orthodontic care to children unable to acquire it.
Smiles Change Lives is a US nonprofit group whose central aim is to provide dental care, particularly braces, to kids who are unable to afford them. Insurance companies in the US have long considered orthodontic treatment as cosmetic, providing minimal assistance, even for those that have orthodontic care in their insurance plans. Smiles Change Lives’ goal is to give these families the chance to give their kids the braces that they need via their network of 800 volunteer orthodontists spread across the US and Canada.
Originally founded as the Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership, Smiles Changes Lives is a national nonprofit ground that was founded back in 1997. Named after Virginia Brown, a girl who grew up during the Great Depression, whose parents were forced to only get orthodontic treatment for one of their kids. Virginia’s sister managed to get braces, while Virginia had to deal with years of self-consciousness and teasing before getting treatment in high school. Later down her life, Virginia, alongside her son, Tom Brown, established the Smiles Change Lives organization in order to help kids avoid the physical and emotional issues that Virginia had to deal with in her youth.
To qualify for the program, a kid must be aged between 7-21, have good oral hygiene, must need braces but not have them, and the family must be within certain financial guidelines, varying by state. There’s an application fee of $30, plus a program fee of $650, if accepted.