Smile For a Lifetime

Who We Are

Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to acquire assistance. Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and orthodontic needs. The Foundation sponsors the orthodontic care of hundreds of patients each year. Smile for a Lifetime Foundation has participating orthodontists throughout the US. Each chapter has its own local Board of Directors who choose patients to be treated by the Foundation.

Our Mission

At Smile for a Lifetime, it is our mission to create self confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our community in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and our community.

Our involvement in the program was featured in The Charlotte Observer. See our article featured in Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly!

Who Qualifies

To become a candidate, please see our Guidelines and complete the full Smile for a Lifetime Foundation Application, available below.

smile for a lifetime guidelines smile for a lifetime application

Application & Questions

If you have any questions, please e-mail us. Applications will be reviewed twice a year at the board meetings and those chosen to receive a scholarship will be contacted.

Please note that neither Dr. Starr, Dr. Dickens nor their ortho team chooses the recipients. They have only committed to providing the orthodontic services to the selected candidates. The recipients are chosen by an independent Board of Directors, who in no way provide any bias or influence toward the candidates who are chosen. Applications will be reviewed quarterly, and the ones chosen will be contacted by the Starr & Dickens Orthodontics Team upon selection by the Board of Directors.

matthews orthodontic office
1326 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 845-0600