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Smiles Change Lives Application & Applicant Photos Explained

These photos can be taken by your child’s dentist or you. They must be clear and not blurry. Without photos, the applicant’s approval or denial cannot be determined. They do not have to be presented in the layout of the example shown but can be sent as individual photos. We have a tip sheet on how to take the photos as well.

Other helpful tips:

  • It’s best to use a regular camera and not a smart phone. The pictures will most likely be of better, higher quality and will be easier to see.
  • Try not to get too many fingers in the pictures. Remember, we want to see your teeth as clearly as possible!
  • Do not hide the applicant’s eyes. (It is done in the example to protect the identity of the applicant.)
  • Again, it is not neccessary for the photo’s to be placed on a single page (as they are in the example) but can be submitted individually.


The following items are the eight views needed as required in the application process:

smiles change lives photo requirements

1. Take a picture of the child from the side (profile)

photos needed for smiles change lives

2. Take a picture of the child looking straight ahead and not smiling, with the lips closed.

smiles change lives application photos

3. Take a picture of the child looking straight ahead and smiling, with the teeth showing.

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4. Take a picture of the child’s upper mouth showing the roof of the mouth and all upper teeth.

photos for smiles change lives

5. Take a picture of the child’s lower mouth showing all lower teeth.

photo requirements for smiles change lives

6. Take a picture of the child’s teeth closed together with the lips pulled back showing the upper and lower teeth on the right (left facing) side of the mouth.

smiles change lives photo requirements

7. Take a picture of the child’s teeth closed together with the lips pulled back showing the upper and lower teeth from the front.

scl photo requirements

8. Take a picture of the child’s teeth closed together, with the lips pulled back showing the upper and lower teeth on the left (right facing) side of the mouth.

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Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
  • "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

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