Orthodontic foundation helps kids in need in Summit County
Summit Daily News
After hearing colleagues in the dental industry talk about children who needed – but couldn’t afford – orthodontic treatment, Dr. Al Bishop decided to do something. So last summer the orthodontist – who has offices in Frisco and Edwards – created the Smile For a Lifetime Foundation, which provides braces at no cost to individuals who can’t afford them.
“I thought it would be a good way to give back to the community,” he said. “The mission of Smile For a Lifetime Foundation is to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change in the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and our community.”
The foundation awarded six local children with orthodontic care from its creation last summer through the end of the year. This year, it hopes to help 12 kids.
Bishop said the children the foundation has helped were in dire need of an orthodontist. He said the treated kids are always very grateful.
“The change its going to make in their lives is immense,” he said.
Bishop is the only orthodontist involved in the foundation. There is a board of directors that takes applications from patients and determines need. An orthodontic supply company donates braces and wires for the children’s treatment, but Bishop estimates the remaining 95 percent of treatment costs of are paid out of his own pocket.
Bishop said he’s currently trying to get word out to the area about the foundation’s mission so more kids can apply. Currently, applicants are being referred to him solely through community dentists.
“I think its a great opportunity for these kids,” he said.
For more information, call one of Dr. Bishops offices at: (970) 368-4186 in Frisco or (970) 668-4469 in Edwards. Bishop Orthodontic’s website is http://www.bishoporthodontics.com
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