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Here at Smiles Change Lives (SCL), we understand that for many families, braces are simply out of reach because of their cost. However, we don’t believe braces should be considered a luxury. A healthy, beautiful smile is one of the building blocks of self-esteem and self-confidence. Every child deserves to feel good about their smile!
Several partnering orthodontists in the Chicago area have immediate openings to treat children who qualify.
The questions below will help you quickly determine if you meet qualifications for the SCL program. If you do meet our initial qualifications, you will be able to continue on to complete an application. [*note: There is a non-refundable $30 application fee, and then if selected for the program, there is a $650 required program fee.]
Based in Kansas City, MO, the program has treated nearly 10,000 children since 1997, making it the nation’s leader in providing access to orthodontic care for qualified youth.
Map of SCL Providers around the Chicago area
Orthodontic treatment is available in 2017 for families that qualify. Openings will go fast. Once filled, a waiting list will be established.
Cities included fall all around the greater Chicago area. The following is a partial list: Evanston, Gurnee, Highland Park, Elgin, St Charles, Batavia, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, Bartlett, Wheaton, Schaumburg, Highland Park, Northlake, Lombard, Westmont, Homewood, Des Plaines, and Skokie.
New providers are added in an ongoing basis as the need arises.
Smiles Change Lives works with the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), and has been endorsed as the preferred access to care program by several state orthodontic associations.