Dallas Orthodontist to Hold Screening Day to Donate Close to $300,000 in Braces to Kids

Dallas Orthodontist to Hold Screening Day to Donate Close to $300,000 in Braces to Kids

Dallas, TX: Dr. Darin Ward of Face Forward Orthodontics, in Dallas, TX, is stepping up in a major way to help kids in his community receive braces, who may otherwise not be able to afford them. On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Dr. Ward and his team will be screening kids for braces the nonprofit Smiles Change Lives.

Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit that helps kids get braces who could not otherwise afford them. Orthodontic treatment has long been considered cosmetic by insurance companies, providing little assistance, even for those that are insured. As a result, many children and teens suffer unnecessary discomfort and embarrassment from their misaligned teeth. Smiles Change Lives’ mission is to provide these families with the opportunity to provide their children with braces through its network of over 800 volunteer orthodontists in the United States and Canada. 

“We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Ward, who has committed to donate close to $300,000 in orthodontic care to kids in his community,” says Alexis Barclay, Director of Provider Services, Smiles Change Lives. “Thanks to Dr. Ward, we hope to approve 40 kids for braces through our program from this event.”

Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit formed in 1997 under its original name, the Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership. Virginia Brown grew up during the Great Depression, and her parents could only afford to pay for orthodontic treatment for one of their children. Virginia’s sister was able to get braces, while Virginia endured years of teasing and self-consciousness until she finally received treatment during high school. Virginia and her son, Tom Brown, established Smiles Change Lives to help children today avoid the physical and emotional difficulties that Virginia herself suffered as a child.

To qualify for the program, a child must be between the ages of 7-21, have good oral hygiene, not be wearing braces currently, have a moderate to severe need for braces, and their family must meet certain financial guidelines (e.g., for a family of 4 in Texas, their household income must be below $61,500, however household income limit varies based upon family size; the financial requirement is waived for children in foster care).  The family must also be willing to submit an application fee of $30, and if accepted for treatment, a program fee of $650.  The full program guidelines can be reviewed at www.smileschangelives.org.

The Event will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, at Face Forward Orthodontics located at 6131 Luther Lane, Suite 208, Dallas, TX 75225.  Families who meet the program qualifications for Smiles Change Lives can register their child for the event here: https://www.smileschangelives.org/face-forward-orthodontics-screening-event/

To date, Smiles Change Lives and its network of orthodontists have helped more than 13,000 kids receive braces in the United States and Canada. Please watch this short video to learn more: http://www.smileschangelives.org/scl-overview-video.

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About Dr. Darin Ward: Dr. Ward received his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry.  He practiced general dentistry before going back to earn his Certification in Orthodontics at the University of Colorado. His practice, Face Forward Orthodontics is located in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Ward is a member of the Texas Dental Association, the Dallas City Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), the North American Association of Facial Orthotropics and the Current President of the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics.   

Read more about Dr. Darin Ward: https://www.faceforwardorthodontics.com/orthodontic-specialist-dr-darin-ward/

About Smiles Change Lives:  Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit that helps families get braces for their kids who could not otherwise afford treatment.  Headquartered in Kansas City, the program has treated more than 13,000 children since 1997 together with its network of over 800 orthodontists. Over the last 20 years, it has emerged as the nation’s leader in providing access to orthodontic care for qualified and motivated youth. For more information, visit www.smileschangelives.org