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GREENSBORO, NC, June 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Orthodontist Dr. Mark Reynolds of Reynolds Orthodontics has been a supporter of the Greensboro, NC chapter of the Smile for a Lifetime organization since its inception. The organization has sought out children with need and thanks to the benevolent resources of its members, Smile for a Lifetime has positively impacted the lives of countless individuals with quality orthodontic care that would normally not be available to these youngsters.
The latest happy ending in S4L's ongoing commitment to beautiful smiles and community service has all the elements of a Hollywood drama, except this story is completely true:
A young man by the name of Hector had suffered from agenesis since childhood - agenesis is the absence of permanent teeth - and he was missing 14 of his permanent teeth, and several of the teeth that he did have were either small or misshapen. In short, when a primary tooth would fall out, there was nothing to replace it. And worse still, here was a young boy who lived his life without the enjoyment of being able to smile, yet never allowed that to overshadow his dreams for a better life for himself and those around him.
According to Dr. Reynolds, although Hector definitely had significant need, The Smile for a Lifetime board initially declined his application due to the complexity of his case. "We knew we could put braces on him," commented Dr. Reynolds, "but Hector needed so much more to make his smile. We used the next quarter to investigate resources and to determine what we could provide to him beyond the braces."
What happened next is almost the stuff of legend: the Organization banded together with Dr. Luis Benitez - a local periodontist committed to performing pro bono work for the community. Dr. Benitez in turn worked with dental supplier Astra Tech, which graciously agreed to provide all of the implants that Hector will need once his existing teeth are properly positioned.
In addition, Dr. Ed Martinez, a prosthodontist, and the lab that he works with, volunteered their services to restore the implants as teeth once a proper time for healing has passed. By the time Hector is finished, he will have received more than $50,000 in dental care.
Hector's new smile has given him a new lease on life. Looking good and feeling good has only underscored his desire to do good - for himself, his loved ones, and his community.
Smile for a Lifetime offers a wonderful structure to provide care to those in our community who really need it but are without the resources to make things happen on their own. Cases like Hector's have also provided a way to work with other dental professionals for the good of a common patient. By the time the Smile for a Lifetime Organization reaches the end of Hector's treatment, at least six dental professionals will have worked together on this case -- truly banding together to create results that are visibly life-changing. Learn more about Smile for a Lifetime at www.s4l.org.
Dr. Reynolds told this amazing story in an article for Orthodontic Practice US. Here's a link to view or download a PDF of the article.
Orthodontist Dr. Mark Reynolds of Reynolds Orthodontics has locations at:
1304 Beaman Place, Greensboro NC 27408 (336) 274-7649
6161 Lake Brandt Road, Summerfield NC 27455 (336) 644-1664
Reynolds Orthodontics offers expert orthodontic care for children, teens, and adults alike. Treatment options include self-ligating Damon Braces that reduce treatment time and minimize discomfort during the orthodontic process. Reynolds Orthodontics also offers Invisalign and Invisalign Teen for patients who prefer not to look like they are wearing braces. To schedule a FREE consultation to find out how Reynolds Orthodontics can help you attain the beautiful smile you always wanted in a professional and fun environment, contact their office. For more information visit their website www.reynoldsorthodontics.com, their blog www.greensboroorthodontisttalksbraces.com, email [email protected], or call the office.
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