Smile FR A Lifetime


Here at Carolina Braces, not only do we provide top orthodontic care for the residents of North Raleigh and Brier Creek, but we also take pride in our commitment to serving our community for the better. That is why our orthodontist, Dr. Kent, takes part in Smile For A Lifetime, a non-profit charitable foundation with chapters throughout the country that provide orthodontic treatment to patients who may not have the opportunity to achieve beautiful, straight smiles without financial assistance.

Launched in 2008, Smile For A Lifetime aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and unique orthodontic needs. The foundation sponsors orthodontic care to hundreds of patients every year. They have offered their services to give free orthodontic care to children ages seven through 18 who face financial and family challenges that prevent them from affording treatment otherwise.

The Smile For A Lifetime Foundation asks each local chapter to treat six patients per year. Carolina Braces takes care of 100% of the orthodontic care. They knows that a beautiful, healthy smile can bring self-confidence and the ability to accept life’s challenges and opportunities. Their hope is that the children who receive treatment through the Smile For A Life-time can become leaders with the potential to have a positive impact on their community.

Many of the scholarship recipients have additional dental needs, such as prophylaxis, restorations, extractions, etc. Several area dentists have committed to partner with Dr. Kent to provide dental care at reduced or no cost to the foundation.

There is an application process to participate, which includes income verification, a photo of the applicant, and two letters of recommendation. Every four months, a local Board of Directors meets to review each application and select scholarship recipients. The board, comprised of a diverse group of active members of the community, considers financial and orthodontic need, extenuating family circumstances, and the overall character of the applicant.

If you would like to apply to be a participant with Smile For A Lifetime, please print and fill out the form linked below. You can send the form along with the accompanying required materials to the following address:

Smile For A Lifetime Foundation
7780 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617

Smile For A Lifetime Application Form

It must be noted that neither Dr. Kent nor his team chooses the recipients. They have only committed to providing the orthodontic services to the selected candidates. An independent Board of Directors, who in no way provides any bias or influence toward the candidates who are chosen, chooses the recipients. Applications will be reviewed quarterly, and Carolina Braces upon selection by the Board of Directors will contact the ones chosen.