The Smiles for Everyone Foundation donated $5 million worth of dental services in 2019 to nearly 8,000 individuals in need across the United States and internationally.
An affiliate of Smile Brands Inc, the organization hosted 27 domestic free dental clinics, one large-scale international outpost trip, and 23 other outreaches in Cambodia, Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Thailand. The Foundation’s network of 1,200 volunteers almost entirely comprises Smile Brands affiliated dental professionals and support stuff.
“Our promise of providing smiles for everyone extends far beyond just our paying patients,” said Steven C. Bilt, Smile Brands CEO. “The passion and dedication of our team members make it possible for the Foundation to provide smiles for everyone to those that need it the most.”
The free dental clinics in the United States, known as Days of Giving, were held at offices affiliated with Smile Brands across the country. The Foundation partnered with local nonprofits to identify patients, ensuring that low-income, uninsured individuals had the opportunity to access much needed dental care they otherwise would have been unable to afford.
In March, volunteers also visited the Foundation’s outposts in Thailand and Laos on a two-week service trip to provide care to some of the most impoverished areas in those countries and conduct training for local dentists and dental staff to continue serving those communities in need.
“A huge thank you, especially for my wife,” said patient Ed C. from the West Valley during the Utah Day of Giving. “She had been feeling pain for months, and it hurt me a lot because I couldn’t afford treatment. Every time she cried, I cried with her. But now we will smile together.”
Since 2011, the Smiles for Everyone Foundation has provided care for more than 26,000 individuals worldwide, donating more than $19 million in dentistry. In 2020, the Foundation plans on hosting a Day of Giving each weekend across the United States along with multiple international trips, including a new international outpost.