Smile for a Lifetime: Sonoma County
A Good Idea
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L) is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic services to underserved children with orthodontic needs. Launched in 2008, S4L was originally founded as a local program in Arkansas and became a national program. S4L partners with local chapters and orthodontists who provide pro bono work, and with companies such as Ormco, which donates all supplies for treating the children, and Televox, which provides marketing. Each local chapter has a Board of Directors who selects patients for treatment from submitted applications by eligible children.
Goal / Mission
S4L strives to create self-confidence and change the lives of underprivileged children by providing orthodontic services at no cost.
Results / Accomplishments
In the past three years, since expanding to a national program, the foundation has served hundreds of children in 35 states in the past three years since it has become national. Its goal for the next five years is to serve 1000-1500 children in all 50 states and Canada. In 2011, Sonoma County orthodontist Dr. Rael Bernstein provided eight underprivileged children with orthodontic care. Dr. Bernstein has pledged to continue caring for at least eight children every year for the next 10 years.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Smile for a Lifetime Foundation
2245 Montgomery Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Health / Oral Health
Health / Access to Health Services
Health / Children's Health
- Bernstein Orthodontic Group and Smile for a Lifetime Foundation
- Date of implementation
- Sonoma County
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- Smile for a Lifetime: Sonoma County