Smiles Change Lives

smiles-change.jpgShehee and Callahan Family Orthodontics is a proud partner of Smiles Change Lives, a national non-profit  organization that promotes and provides access to life-changing, essential orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families.

Smiles Change Lives has emerged as the nation's leader in providing access to orthodontic care for underserved youth.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Ages 11-18 with good oral hygiene
  • Have crooked teeth and/or misaligned jaws
  • Taxable family income is at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit Smiles Change Lives website to determine if their family meets the financial guidelines. Families interested in applying can review program guidelines and download an application here- Smiles Change Lives Application or by calling 888-900-3554. Applications are available in English and in Spanish.

Success Stories

From Cathy: "My daughter is now a senior in high school, and thanks to you, a very happy and outgoing young lady because of your program. She is not afraid to smile because now she has a beautiful smile. She is in the medical magnet program at school and is studying to become a nurse. I just wanted to say thank you because we could have never afforded to pay for braces."

From Joe: "Before I had braces, I didn't smile or talk a lot around people. It was too embarrassing with my really bad teeth. My mom wanted me to have braces but couldn't afford it – but then I got accepted into Smiles Change Lives. My braces will be off soon, and I can't wait to smile in front of all the people who used to laugh at me and call me names."

From Deanna: "I can't believe how my son has changed. He used to never smile or even hold his head up. Now he is like a new person – very outgoing and very positive about himself. His teachers have even noticed the change in him."

From Gabe: "At the time this incredible gift was made available to me, I was appreciative, but had no idea the true value of what I was getting. I have been without braces for three years now. I am no longer a shy young boy with funny-looking teeth, but a man with goals and aspirations. You have given me something I never thought money could buy: self-confidence."