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Smile For a Lifetime

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Image Orthodontics has teamed up with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation to provide orthodontic scholarships to children and young adults who normally would not be able to afford treatment. Dr. Yan Kalika, DMD, MS of Image Orthodontics is a founder of the Sacramento and San Francisco chapters of Smile 4 A Lifetime. He has dedicated countless hours to promote the program in under-served areas of these communities. Dr. Kalika donates this service to children in his local community and along with one set of retainers after treatment is complete.  
Smile for a Lifetime Qualifications:
Scholarships are limited and based on several factors:
  • Family income of no more than (200%) of the federal poverty level.
  • Age range – children and young adults (varies per provider)
  • Have “good” dental hygiene practices.
  • Must have a significant functional and/or aesthetic need for braces.
  • Must currently be enrolled in school and carry a C or better GPA.
  • Must demonstrate a positive attitude.
  • Must follow and abide by the treatment plan set forth by the orthodontist.
  • Must be a resident of San Francisco or Sacrament
  • Must follow the treatment plan and demonstrate the commitment to make appointments on time.
  • Must agree to all morning appointments. 
Application Process:
To apply for a scholarship, please go to   and click on the Apply For Braces link to get started. Scholarships are handled through the National Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. For more information about a scholarship, please call the national office at 719-535-2777.
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