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Orthodontic Scholarship

Smile for a Lifetime (S4L) is an international program that provides orthodontic scholarships to children ages 11-18 who normally would not be able to afford treatment. S4L will not charge a fee for the orthodontic treatment – participating orthodontists and orthodontic manufacturing companies donate their service, including the cost of one set of retainers. The only fees incurred are an initial $20 application fee and a $480 administrative fee to cover the of the program. 


Scholars are chosen by a local screening committee and the process is competitive. Scholarships are limited and based on financial need, orthodontic need and a complete and accurate application.

  • Family income of no more than (200%) of the federal poverty level.
  • Applicant must be between the ages of 11 – 18.
  • Have “good” dental hygiene practices and had a dental hygiene check-up in the past 6 months.
  • Must have a social impediment or functional need for braces.
  • Must currently be enrolled in school.
  • Must demonstrate a positive attitude.
  • Must follow and abide by the treatment plan set forth by the orthodontist.
  • Should demonstrate a willingness to get involved in the community through extracurricular activities and/or volunteer service.
  • Must have positive letters of recommendation from at least two community leaders and/or teachers.


Approval Process

The screening committees of Smile for a Lifetime will select applicants on an ongoing basis. Selection is based on the information provided within this application, orthodontic and financial need. Please ensure that ALL needed information is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be submitted for review.

Once your application is submitted you, will have 30 days to fax or email all needed information listed. If these items are not returned within 30 days, your application may be archived and you will be required to start the application process over.

Please complete the attached forms and return by email or fax:

  • Dental Clearance – To be completed and returned by the child's dentist. 
  • Pictures - Closeup photos of teeth (dentist may return along with dental clearance form)
  • Proof of income - W- 2, Income tax return, SSI award letter, TANF grant letter etc. Please see the Income Eligibility Form for more information.
  • Student Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Must send in two letters of recommendation. The letters must be written by someone in the community, such as a guidance counselor or teacher who knows the child. Letters of Recommendation must not be completed by family members.
  • Report Card
    • Must attach a recent report card showing recent grades proving enrollment in school.
Please return by email to or by fax to 719-312-6000.
The approval process can take 4 to 6 months from the time you have turned in all of your paperwork.

Applications must be completed online. 

English Application

Spanish Application (Parent Guardian Information, Student Essay and Dental Clearance)

Smiles for a Lifetime

  • Smiles for a Lifetime Foundation - 6547 North Academy Blvd. #304, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Phone: (719) 535-2777

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