MADISON, Wisconsin--Give Back A Smile, the non-profit foundation of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, recently completed its 500th case.
To date, the AACD has provided more than $4 million dollars worth of donated
services to survivors of domestic violence.
The mission of the Give Back A Smile program is to "restore a life by restoring a smile" and achieves this by providing free cosmetic dental care to victims of domestic violence.
"Time after time we have watched lives change as these survivors regain their self-esteem as a result of having their smiles restored," said AACD Foundation Director Erin Roberts.
"We are overjoyed that AACD volunteers have given so much of themselves by helping those in need and allowing the Give Back A Smile Program to reach this monumental milestone."
Finding Help Through Give Back A Smile
* Domestic violence survivors who have suffered dental injuries from abuse from a former intimate partner or spouse can contact GBAS toll-free at: (800)773-4227.
* Survivors must make an appointment with a counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker or therapist to complete the advocate section of the GBAS application.
* GBAS conducts the initial review of the application however the dentist has the final say as to the eligibility of the applicant.
* If eligible, the AACD connects the survivor with a local GBAS volunteer who provides treatment at no charge to the recipient.