Dr. Kerry White Brown of White Brown Orthodontics, with offices in Columbia, Orangeburg, Greenville, and Florence, SC, is stepping up in a major way to donate braces to kids in her community through the nonprofit Smiles Change Lives. On March 30, 2019, she will be holding a Screening Day to screen all the children in the greater Columbia area that are currently waiting to receive braces through the nonprofit program. Families interested in learning more about the program are also encouraged to attend.
Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit that helps kids get braces who could not otherwise afford them. On average, braces cost $6,000 per child, making them out of reach for many hard working families. Further, 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.
Dr. White Brown has been treating kids through Smiles Change Lives since 2011. With more than 75 kids on the waiting list to be treated through the Smiles Change Lives program, Dr. White Brown has committed to help clear out the wait list, as well as make the program available to new families as well.
“The demand for our program in the greater Columbia area has exceeded the number of orthodontists we have in our network,” stated Alexis Barclay, Director of Provider Services for Smiles Change Lives. “Dr. White Brown’s dedication to help treat the children waiting to receive braces is truly life changing for these kids.”
In the words of a mother whose daughter recently completed treatment, “On behalf of myself and daughter, please accept our deepest thanks for a life changing experience for my daughter. She smiles all the time now and has a sense of confidence I’ve never seen before. To everyone responsible, please know that you have helped another child regain a huge part of herself back. She may go on to change the world in a better way now; just like Smiles Change Lives did for her.”
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 meet certain financial guidelines (e.g., for a family of 4, their household income must be below $61,500).
The event will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10am-2pm at White Brown Smiles at 224 O’Neil Ct, Suite 13, Columbia, SC 29223. The event is open to any family that is struggling to afford orthodontics for their child. Families that are interested in applying to the program and would like to attend the event are asked to RSVP at the following: https://www.smileschangelives.org/whitebrownsmiles-screening-event/
To date, Smiles Change Lives and its network of orthodontists have helped more than 12,000 kids receive braces in the United States and Canada.