Smiles Change Lives has partnered with Dr. Ben Fishbein
We proudly serve the areas of Pensacola, Navarre, and Perdido Florida with orthodontic care. Fishbein Orthodontics is proud to be able to give back to the community and take part in creating a better quality of life for those in our community. We understand that orthodontic care can be financially stressful for some, and that is why we are happy to be able to partner with Smiles Change Lives. This amazing program partners with orthodontists willing to help children from lower income families receive orthodontic care. If you think you may qualify for this program please continue reading.
Smiles Change Lives
It is estimated that 20% of all American children are living with moderate to severe malocclusions (crooked teeth and misaligned jaws). Many come from working families living in poverty. Without assistance, these children will not receive the treatment they need. Smiles Change Lives serves kids who suffer from the social, emotional and physical repercussions of dental deformities such as missing, broken and impacted teeth. Many have difficulty speaking and chewing. Others suffer with constant pain or are targets of peer teasing or bullying.
More About SCL
The Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership was established in 1997 as a community-based orthodontic program to help children from low-income families, whose self-esteem was impacted by having crooked teeth, receive orthodontic treatment. Now known as Smiles Change Lives (SCL), it has grown into an international organization with close to 750 orthodontists participating in the program. To date, over 6,000 children have received life-changing orthodontic treatment through SCL. Dr. Fishbein joined this unique network in 2014.
Smiles Change Lives has a unique model that matches children from low-income families, who need orthodontic treatment, with caring orthodontists willing to provide such treatment. Each family must agree to abide by the program's rules and contribute a set amount to SCL to be approved for the program. SCL uses these funds to recruit more doctors willing to treat more children. In this way, each family truly "pays it forward" - by helping their own child, they are making it possible for the next child to be treated as well. Since its inception, more than 99% of the children approved for SCL have successfully completed treatment.
How The Program Works
SCL is looking for youth who meet the following criteria:
Are 10-18 years of age
Have no more than 4 baby teeth and no unfilled cavities
Have good dental hygiene
Are not currently wearing braces
Meet the SCL financial guidelines
Are willing to follow the SCL program rules and make the required financial contribution
We Hope To See You Soon
Whether you see us through the Smiles Change Lives program or are a current patient we hope to see you at Fishbein Orthodontics soon. If you have any further questions about this program, our practice or any of our treatments please don't hesitate to contact us.