Something as simple as a smile can change someone else's entire day for free!
But sometimes achieving a smile that you feel comfortable with takes an investment.
Kids who get braces usually fret most, over the color, but parents know it is an expensive investment.
"Depends on the case, but average is 5,000." says Dr. Blake Feil.
Dr. Feil is one of a handful of orthodontists in the state who provide services to deserving candidates like Scott for free.
Scott was nominated by his dentist, and is the first patient here selected for the Smiles Change Lives program.
"The dentist said he needed braces because he had an overbite..." says Theresa Frank, Scott's mom.
"What we do all day is we want to help people out, give them self-confidence and things like that, we want everyone to have that opportunity, they fall in the middle, don't apply to federal help, but can't self-pay, it really allows that middle ground that would normally miss out to have that opportunity." says Dr. Feil.
"It's taken a burden off of doing monthly payments." says Theresa Frank.
Ages ten through 18 can apply for the affordable program, but they have to put in some work.
"For us good patients keep their teeth clean and healthy, so without good cooperation, without healthy, it makes treatment difficult." says Dr. Feil.
"I have a water pick, special toothpick, things I use." says 14-year-old Scott Krehlik.
"He got his braces on about a month and a half ago, he's a good kid, he's adapting well." says Dr. Feil.
Offering a bright smile already.
"Looks like a rainbow!" says Theresa Frank.
Along with Feil Orthodontics, there are currently two other orthodontics in North Dakota listed on the Smiles Change Lives website.
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