Smiles4Canada is a national, not-for-profit program administered by a central team of staff and regional volunteer directors and committees. The participation of orthodontists in the program is completely voluntary and they are not reimbursed for providing treatment. It is one way they give back to the community.
Smiles4Canada is a public health goodwill program of the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics (CFAO) in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO).
The CFAO was formed in 1981 as the charitable arm of the association and was established to:
For more information visit: cao-aco.org/en/cfao
The most often-quoted reason for getting your child orthodontic treatment is to help restore his/her/their self-image through straightening his/her/their teeth. Studies have shown that a straight smile can help increase confidence and improve self-acceptance and well-being, and these, in turn, can help foster greater success in life. In addition, it can enhance first impressions – always important in social situations in childhood and adulthood.
But there are physiological benefits to orthodontic treatment as well:
Teeth are less prone to chipping and wear
Teeth are easier to clean, and therefore less subject to cavities
Orthodontic treatment is an important contributor to enhanced health for your child, both now and in the future.
There is no cost for the orthodontic treatment – participating orthodontists donate their services, including the cost of one set of retainers, to the program.
You are responsible for:
There are 3 stages to the evaluation process:
A volunteer orthodontist close to your location who is able and willing to undertake the treatment.
Smiles4Canada will complete the matching of your accepted child with a nearby orthodontist who participates in the program. We do our best to find the closest orthodontist to your home. However, there might be some travel based on the participants accepted in any given year and availability of providers. You cannot approach an orthodontist on your own, and this would be grounds to be removed from the program.
There are various reasons children cannot be matched with orthodontists. Those reasons may include:
If you start or have received orthodontic treatment with any orthodontic or dental professional, your application to Smiles4Canada will be cancelled and you won’t qualify for the program.
We only used fixed appliances (i.e. braces), and not products such as Invisalign. We also do not approve cases for Phase 1 treatment, such as palatal expanders.
If you and your child are not keeping up with your responsibilities and not following the treatment plan, the orthodontist may stop or refuse to complete the treatment.
If you have additional questions regarding the application process, contact us via our contact form.
On behalf of yourself and your child, you agree to: