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Letters: Orthodontists giving

May 21, 2012

I just read "Orthodontists Pilot Charitable Access Program, Eye Nationwide Expansion" (April 23 ADA News). While I am pleased that this will increase awareness that orthodontists are providing pro bono care to the needy, it omitted the fact that there are other and larger orthodontic access to care programs out there.

I have worked with Smiles Change Lives, which promotes and provides access to life-changing, essential orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families. There is also Smiles for a Lifetime that treats a significant number of kids. I think it was remiss not to include all of the major players in the field.

Randall C. Markarian, D.M.D.
Swansea, Ill.

Editor’s note: Smiles Change Lives is one of several Give Kids A Smile Program Champions, which are programs invited to join GKAS to champion the cause and build one central voice advocating for oral health care for underserved children. A list of other GKAS Program Champions can be found at For more information about Smiles Change Lives, visit Smiles Change Lives. For more information on Smiles for a Lifetime, visit S4L.