North Arlington, NJ: North Arlington Orthodontics wants to give local children the gift of a new smile this holiday season and needs help spreading the word. Dr. Jessica Greenberg and her team has committed to donate orthodontic care to up to 20 kids this holiday season through the nationally renowned nonprofit Smiles Change Lives.
On average, braces cost $5,000 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.
“We are thrilled to be working with North Arlington Orthodontics, which has committed to donate over $100,000 in orthodontic care to kids in their community,” says Alexis Barclay, Director of Provider Services, Smiles Change Lives. “To be able to help a child receive braces for the holidays is such a wonderful gift and is the reason we are trying to let as many families know about this opportunity as possible.”
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 meet certain financial guidelines (e.g., for a family of 4 in New Jersey, their household income must be below $73,800).
Families who meet the program qualifications for Smiles Change Lives are encouraged to apply online at www.smileschangelives.org/apply. Questions can be sent to Smiles Change Lives at [email protected].
To date, Smiles Change Lives and its network of orthodontists have helped more than 11,000 kids receive braces in the United States and Canada. Please watch this short video to learn more about the difference doctors like Dr. Jessica Greenberg : http://www.smileschangelives.org/scl-overview-video.About North Arlington Orthodontics: Dr. Greenberg grew up in Essex County and decided while in high school that she wanted to be an Orthodontist. After 10 years of training at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Greenberg came to North Arlington Orthodontics in 2003. She practices at North Arlington Orthodontics with Dr. Rana. Dr. Rana is a New Jersey native and graduated top of her class at New Jersey Dental School. She completed her three-year orthodontic training at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York where she treated a wide variety of patients, many with complex skeletal and dental needs. For more information, visit: https://www.naortho.com
About Smiles Change Lives: Smiles Change Lives provides access to life-changing orthodontic treatment for children from families that cannot afford the full cost of braces. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the program has treated more than 11,000 children since 1997 through its network of over 800 partner orthodontists. With its origin as the Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership, Smiles Change Lives has emerged as the nation’s leader in providing access to orthodontic care for qualified children. For more information, visit www.smileschangelives.org.