Start a Smile Foundation

Introducing Fry Orthodontic Specialists, Start a Smile Foundation

For 10 years, Fry Orthodontic Specialists has been delivering free braces to deserving young people through the Smile for a Lifetime-KC program. Starting with 2 scholarships per quarter, we have grown and currently offer 80 scholarships per year! We are honored to have provided over $2,000,000 worth of smiles to deserving kids throughout Kansas City!

Early 2019, the national Smile for a Lifetime organization went through structural changes, and these changes affected the free orthodontics Fry Orthodontics provides for Kansas City. We want to continue to provide kids free braces with the Kansas City board involvement, so we decided to start our own chapter.

At Fry Orthodontics, we use the phrase: “Your Smile is Just the Start.” This tag line represents the countless opportunities a smile can provide someone, and we believe this is our professional and social mission as we evolve and grow as a business. Because our core belief is how a smile can change someone’s life, we have chosen to change the name of our Kansas City chapter to Start a Smile Foundation.

Same Great Orthodontic Care for FREE- Start a Smile Foundation

We are very excited to begin this new brand while continuing free braces and Kansas City board member participation. Though our name is different, there will be no change to the way our process works. We will continue to give 80 deserving kids throughout Kansas City FREE braces every year.

The Start a Smile Foundation, formerly known as Smile for a Lifetime-KC, is an organization that provides care to individuals who otherwise may not receive orthodontic treatment. At Fry Orthodontics, our local team has donated over $2,148,250 in orthodontic services to deserving children in the Kansas City metro.

At Fry Orthodontics, we use the phrase: “Your Smile is Just the Start.”

This tag line represents the countless opportunities that a smile can provide someone, and we believe that this is our professional and social mission as we evolve and grow as a business.

The Gift of Start a Smile Foundation

If you or someone you know, in the Kansas City area could benefit from the gift of a smile, please fill out or encourage them to fill out the application. This is open to all surrounding Kansas City cities and towns.

A few notes about the application process:

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  1. Letters of recommendation are needed. Please submit no more than two letters, no more than one page in length. Be sure that the letters are either typed or neatly written in black ink. The letters of recommendation should be written by a non-family member such as a school counselor, pastor, or neighbor.
  2. Please submit clear, high-quality pictures of your teeth. As this is a need-based scholarship, we must be able to accurately assess your orthodontic need in order for consideration.
  3. Once submitted, the application, pictures, and letters of recommendation become the sole property of the Start a Smile Foundation and will not be returned. Please keep copies of all items submitted for your records.
  4. We ask that you be a resident of the Kansas City area.

Please return your completed application to:

Start a Smile Foundation
c/o Fry Orthodontic Specialists
Attention: Carrie or Lexi
11880 College Blvd., Ste. 201
Overland Park, KS 66210

Incomplete applications and applicants that do not meet the above requirements will not be voted upon by the Board of Directors. The Board shall meet quarterly to determine and distribute awards and award notifications.

Questions regarding the Start a Smile program can be emailed to startasmile@fryorthodontics.com or call 913-469-9191.