Smiles Change Lives

Smiles Change Lives has partnered with Bernard Gorkowitz, DDS

Dr. Gorkowitz is proud to be able to give back to the Livingston and Hasbrouck Heights communities by partnering 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.

What is Smiles Change Lives?

Smiles Change Lives serves kids who suffer from the social, emotional and physical repercussion of dental deformities such as missing, broken and impacted teeth but without assistance would not receive the treatment they need. Many have difficulty speaking and chewing or are targets of bullying.

The Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership was established in 1997 as a community-based orthodontic program to help children from low-income families 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.

Smiles Change Lives has a unique model that matches children from low-income families, who need orthodontic treatment, with caring orthodontists willing to provide the 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. Since its inception, more than 99% of the children approved for SCL have successfully completed treatment.