A smile is a powerful thing. It can uplift spirits, inspire courage, connect people, and reduce stress levels. Many young people struggle with dental issues that impact their self-esteem and prevent them from smiling confidently. Orthodontic treatment can often resolve these problems, but not every family has the financial means to afford it.
Smiles4Canada is a program run by the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics (CFAO) in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO). The program helps provide orthodontic treatment to deserving young Canadians, from low-income families, who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise. To be eligible, applicants must be between 7 and 14 years old (18 in Manitoba). If accepted, patients will receive treatment from a local volunteer orthodontist participating in the program. Families are only responsible for a small administrative fee, typically less than 10% of the total treatment cost.Learn more