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Smile FR A Lifetime


Dr Eckels has founded the Mid-Ohio Valley chapter of Smile for a Lifetime to provide orthodontic scholarships to children ages 11-18 who normally would not be able to aord treatment. Scholarships are limited and based on several factors:

  • Family income of no more than (200%) of the federal poverty level.
  • Applicant must be between the ages of 11 – 18.
  • Have “good” dental hygiene practices and had a dental hygiene check-up in the past 6 months.
  • Must have a functional and/or aesthetic need for braces.
  • Must currently be enrolled in school.
  • Must demonstrate a positive attitude.
  • Must follow and abide by the treatment plan set forth by the orthodontist.

To apply for a scholarship, please go to and click on the Apply Today link to get started. Scholarships are handled through the National Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. For more information about scholarships, please call the national office at 719-535-277