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A SMILE
FOR KIDS

A Smile For Kids is a nonprofit organization providing free and affordable braces to underserved kids in Oregon 

Effective Monday 9/26/22

Effective Monday 9/26/22, ASK will temporarily stop accepting new applications until after the new year.

 
The Oregon Health Authority has agreed to cover severe needs for braces for youth who qualify under the Oregon Health Plan and that is BIG news for kids on OHP.  During this time, the ASK program will prepare for a change in selection criteria so that together with OHA we can serve even more kids. After the Medicaid benefits are in effect on 1/1/2023, it will help us build a stronger program and as we receive more information about the benefits for Medicaid recipients under the age of 21, we will post links here.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Diane Lee at 541-233-7607 or Michael Emery at 541-497-0020.

What We Do

A Smile For Kids removes the obstacle of crooked teeth by providing orthodontic treatment to under-served Oregon children throughout Oregon. A Smile For Kids has a specific focus on helping those kids that are suffering from ridicule and bullying due to the look of their teeth and lack the resources for “braces” without the assistance of A Smile For Kids.

Qualifications for Applying

The child needs to be 11-17 years of age, have a severe need for braces, is without financial resources for treatment, has good oral hygiene habits, and will be living in their current community for a minimum of 2 years. In addition, a professional referral from an adult other than a relative will be contacted to verify that the child is suffering from low self-esteem due to the look of their teeth.

Program Requirements

In addition to orthodontic treatment requirements, all recipients are required to have grades of a "C" or above and volunteer 4 hours per month in their community during the entire treatment time.

How Are We Funded

A Smile For Kids is funded through a combination of discounted services from our partnering orthodontist and generous donations from corporate and private donors. A Smile For Kids does not receive state or federal dollars.

850+

kids have received orthodontic treatment.

64

Oregon orthodontists partner with ASK.

94

percent of ASK kids graduate high school (2014-2018).

1000

 average hours of monthly volunteer service completed by ASK kids.

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