All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

We’ve all heard this catchy holiday song penned the 1940s in which a child sings that he’d like his permanent front teeth to erupt in order to be able to speak without a lisp and to whistle.

For many of the kids treated through SCL, receiving braces is a holiday wish—and even a years-long dream—come true. This time of year, many our applications include comments that having braces would be the best holiday gift the child can imagine.

Besides the fun of whistling and the legitimate need for better pronunciation mentioned in the tune, common reasons children request orthodontic treatment through SCL include:

  • A desire to smile, laugh, and talk without embarrassment and shame at the condition of their teeth
  • An expectation for greater confidence and self-esteem—reports of which we constantly hear from SCL alums who are now enthralled by their new smiles!
  • A hope that name-calling and other bullying from peers will cease
  • Alleviation of jaw and mouth pain, bleeding, and other current dental problems
  • Prevention of future problems predicted by their dentists due to poor tooth or jaw alignment, up to and including loss of permanent teeth
  • Greater ease of brushing and flossing, contributing to improved oral health and therefore overall health
  • Greater ease of biting into and chewing favorite foods

This time of year is also commonly considered a time of hope and renewal. Kids applying to SCL hold onto hope that “things won’t always be this way.” They dare to imagine being more confident in themselves, of being willing to grin broadly for a school yearbook photo, and of not always be called cruel, derogatory names by their classmates for something they can neither control nor change by themselves—misaligned teeth.

Here at SCL, these are holiday wishes we can actually make come true by providing a deserving child with braces through one of our provider orthodontists.

And, to celebrate this joyous time of year as well as the 6,500 joyous smiles SCL has given kids since our founding, we wanted share a few of our favorite before-and-after photos of kids treated through SCL—kids who once wished for a beautiful smile and have now seen that dream come true.

Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
"I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."
Shelly P.
"I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."
Joy S.
"My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."
Alan P.
"This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"
Judith W.
"I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"
Alice W.
"Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."
Tiffany L.
"Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."
Alexandria W.
"Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "
Alice W.
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  • "Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "

    - Alice W.

    5 star review
  • "Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."

    - Alexandria W.

    5 star review
  • "Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."

    - Tiffany L.

    5 star review
  • "I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"

    - Daya G.

    5 star review
  • "This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"

    - Judith W.

    5 star review
  • "My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."

    - Alan P.

    5 star review
  • "I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."

    - Joy S.

    5 star review
  • "I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."

    - Shelly P.

    5 star review
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Smiles Change Lives. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.


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