Something is happening that has been long overdue in the orthodontic profession. Momentum is now rapidly gaining for a program called “Smiles Change Lives”, put together by a non profit organization in order to provide nearly free orthodontic treatment to low-income kids. Although a great initial step by the orthodontic community to make a difference in the lives of those who probably couldn’t otherwise afford orthodontic treatment, much more needs to be done to increase treatment access in all underserved areas. Currently only a very small percentage of Orthodontic Practices participate in the State Dental Medicaid Program, often citing inadequate reimbursements and bureaucratic red tape. Generally speaking, more Orthodontic Professionals simply need to be challenged to take on more of these needy patients. It’s one thing to waive an occasional charitable treatment fee—it’s a whole different thing altogether when giving from the heart takes precedence over general business profitability. Let’s start changing lives—thousands of smiles at a time.
CHANGING LIVES-MANY SMILES AT A TIME
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