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HOW WE HELP
Our Change A Smile Change A Life program is customized for each
Programs That Work
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE survivors
Domestic violence results in the loss of self-esteem, self-worth and often several or all teeth. Community domestic violence program partners refer those in need to Smiles. We connect them with dental care teams and coordinate their care from beginning to end which can take 6 to 18 months.
Becoming actively involved in their own treatment and the continuing relationship with their dental team and Smiles helps build self-esteem and confidence. The new smile is celebrated with make-overs and a professional photo session, including a headshot for job searches.
Their current smile was holding them back. Now they have a second chance. “For ten years I never looked in the mirror. Today, I looked in the mirror and saw a beautiful smile! I will be forever grateful to Smiles for helping me.”
Incarceration often leads to a decline in oral health and the loss of a smile. Damaged teeth are an obstacle to success they just cannot overcome. Reintegration into society is led by our local nonprofit partners who refer those in need of a new smile to us.
We connect them with dental teams and coordinate their care from beginning to end which can take 6 to 18 months. The new smile is celebrated with make-overs and a professional photo session, including a headshot for job searches.
Now with a second chance they are reconnecting with children and families, finding jobs, developing new relationships, earning degrees, and more. “When I first met Smiles, it was like a dream come true. Smiles looked at me and only saw the good in me. My life is totally different today. “
Smiles and Beyond offers quality continuing education courses to the dental community on topics such as mandatory reporting of suspected abuse and the latest on opioid use disorder. These classes help dental professionals meet their continuing education requirements and increase their knowledge of areas that affect our program participants.
Currently, “Recognizing and Reporting Abuse for Dental Professionals” is available. It is a web based, self-paced, and audio enhanced continuing education course presented in conjunction with A.T. Still University and accordance with the standards of ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). This course offering is 3 CEU’s and satisfies Arizona’s ethics content requirements.