Smiles Change Lives has partnered with Dr. Bernard Gorkowitz

Smiles Change Lives - 20 Years

Dr. Gorkowitz is proud to be able to give back to the Livingston and Hasbrouck Heights communities by partnering with Smiles Change Lives. This amazing program partners with orthodontists willing to help children from lower income families receive orthodontic care. If you think you may qualify for this program please continue reading.

SMILES CHANGE LIVES

Smiles Change Lives serves kids who suffer from the social, emotional and physical repercussion of dental deformities such as missing, broken and impacted teeth but without assistance would not receive the treatment they need. Many have difficulty speaking and chewing or are targets of bullying.

MORE ABOUT SMILES CHANGE LIVES

The Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership was established in 1997 as a community-based orthodontic program to help children from low-income families receive orthodontic treatment. Now known as Smiles Change Lives (SCL), it has grown into an international organization with close to 750 orthodontists participating in the program. To date, over 6,000 children have received life-changing orthodontic treatment through SCL.

Smiles Change Lives has a unique model that matches children from low-income families, who need orthodontic treatment, with caring orthodontists willing to provide the treatment. Each family must agree to abide by the program’s rules and contribute a set amount to SCL to be approved for the program. Since its inception, more than 99% of the children approved for SCL have successfully completed treatment.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Smiles Change Lives is looking for children who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 10-18 years of age
  • Have no more then 4 baby teeth and no unfilled cavities
  • Have good dental hygiene
  • Are not currently wearing braces
  • Meet the SCL financial guidelines
  • Are willing to follow the SCL program rules and make the required financial contribution