Welcome to Smile for a Lifetime!

At Smile for a Lifetime, our focus is to make a difference by taking action. We have a team of specialists who donate their time and talents to underserved children and youth in their communities by providing specific and tailored orthodontic treatments that last a lifetime. 

WHAT WE DO                                

Smile for a Lifetime is a charitable nonprofit that helps make orthodontic care accessible to children in low-income families and those in special circumstances, such as foster care. With a provider network that stretches across the United States and Canada, S4L links orthodontic providers with children in need. The organization has served thousands of children since its beginning in 2009.

We prioritize our services for low-income families and/or individuals in special situations, such as foster care or other out-of-home placements. Many of these youth are at risk for unfavorable health, academic, and social outcomes because of these challenges, and they are particularly vulnerable when they do not have the positive self-esteem and confidence that come with good oral health. It is our mission to inspire hope in these youth and change their lives in a dramatic way.

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NEWS AND UPDATE                                 IAO LOGO PURPLE.jpg               

Smile for a Lifetime, a leading charitable organization, has joined forces with the International Association for Orthodontics (IAO), a progressive and dynamic organization of general dentists, pediatric dentists and other dentists that provide orthodontic care. Together, the two organizations will reach thousands of dentists and orthodontists across the US and Canada who are eager to donate orthodontic treatment to help kids in need. 

The International Association for Orthodontics is the oldest and largest of the national and international non-specialty orthodontic groups. The association sponsors and coordinates a wide variety of programs in orthodontics training, education, professional support, clinical experience and research. Today,  the IAO serves members in over 50 different countries. Executive Director, Chris McKay, was happy to inform IAO members that by volunteering with Smile for a Lifetime, IAO members can refer all pro bono cases to the charity for screening. Members can feel confident that their charitable efforts are going to families truly in need. “There is an immense need in our community and IAO members are here to help,” says Mr. McKay.

Smile for a Lifetime is excited to work with IAO members who want to provide pro bono services, but don’t know how to identify and screen deserving patients. Smile for a Lifetime will help bridge that gap by linking providers with kids inneed.

Smile for a Lifetime Recipient!

Smile for a Lifetime recipient, Katelyn, now giving back to her community.