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Muench Orthodontics is preparing to change the lives of local children in need, and they are asking the community to help spread the word. On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Dr. David Muench and his team will be donating orthodontic care to local children through the nationally renowned nonprofit Smiles Change Lives. Registration for the Smiles Change Lives Open House Event is currently open to children whose families are struggling to afford necessary orthodontic treatment.

“We are thrilled to be working with Smiles Changes Lives on this,” says Dr. David Muench. “To make a difference in a child’s health and self-confidence – it just feels great to be able to do that for someone who wouldn’t otherwise have this opportunity. That’s one of the many big reasons our Smiles Change Lives Open House Event is going to be such an exciting event.”

Smiles Change Lives, a nonprofit organization, formed in 1997 under its original name, the Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership. Virginia Brown grew up during the Great Depression, and her parents could only afford to pay for orthodontic treatment for one of their children. Virginia’s sister was able to get braces, while Virginia endured years of teasing and self-consciousness until she finally received treatment during high school. Virginia and her son, Tom Brown, established Smiles Change Lives to help children today avoid the physical and emotional difficulties that Virginia herself suffered as a child.

The Open House will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8am-12pm at 301 N Main St., Vestal, NY 13850.  Families who meet the program qualifications for Smiles Change Lives are encouraged to attend and bring their child, a copy of their 2017 tax return (listing their child as a dependent) and a $30 application fee to the screening or they can submit an application in advance, which can be found at www.smileschangelives.org/apply.  Families planning to attend are asked to preregister at https://www.smileschangelives.org/muench-orthodontics-screening-event.

To qualify for the program, a child must be between the ages of 7-21, have good oral hygiene, not be wearing braces currently, have a moderate to severe need for braces, and meet certain financial guidelines (e.g., for a family of 4, their household income must be below $61,500). 

To date, Smiles Change Lives and its network of orthodontists have helped more than 12,000 kids receive braces in the United States and Canada. Please watch this short video to learn more: http://www.smileschangelives.org/scl-overview-video.

Ray Scott will be live and local from Muench Orthodontics on Saturday from 9-11am on CooL106.7!

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