Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is an international, charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to individuals who may not have the funds to pay for treatment. The mission is to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and our community. Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and orthodontic needs.
Dr. Reynolds founded the local chapter in 2010 as a way to reach those in need locally and with other dental providers in the area, has provided more than $300,000 worth of care to patients in our community.
The national office requires a $20, non-refundable application fee and, if you are approved for treatment, a $480 administrative fee. (Financial assistance is available if applicants are unable to pay this fee.)
All applications need to be completed online at http://s4l.org/apply-today. Click on the link at the bottom of the page and submit your application. Once your application is received and all needed material is submitted, the S4L national office will contact you within 30 days.
Scholarships are chosen by a local screening committee and the process is competitive. Scholarships are limited and based on financial need, orthodontic need, and a complete and accurate application. Successful applicants are generally between the ages of 11 and 18 and have:
- Family income of no more than (200%) of the federal poverty level.
- Good dental hygiene practices and must have had a dental check-up in the past 6 months.
- A functional and/or aesthetic need for braces.
- Enrollment in good standing in school.
- A positive attitude.
- Willingness to abide by the treatment plan set forth by the orthodontist.
- A positive letter of recommendation from one community leader and/or teacher.
For questions call or text Reynolds Orthodontics at (336) 274-7649 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the national office for Smile for a Lifetime at (719) 535-2777 or visit the website at s4l.org.