Sanborn Orthodontics is proud to offer the Sanborn Smiles Scholarship Program. Our goal is to change lives of school-aged children through orthodontics and have a positive impact on our communities.  A smile can inspire hope, increase self-confidence, and change a community.  Dr. Sanborn and the volunteer board have provided 50+ scholarships for a total of over $275,000 of orthodontic treatment through our previos partner program.

Our Mission

With Sanborn Smiles Scholarship Program, 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 deserving, underserved individuals who in turn can use this gift to better themselves and our community.

Words from Dr. Sanborn: “Our Mission Statement above sums up everything we are trying to do with our program, and it is our way of giving back to the community that has been so gracious to us! It is our goal every year to give ten to twelve orthodontic scholarships to the children in our local community to help create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change their lives in a dramatic way. It is our hope that this gift of a smile will, in turn, allow them to better themselves and our local community."

To Apply: 

1. Read the Application Guidelines

2. Fill out the Application

A few notes about the application process

Letters of recommendation are mandatory. Please submit no more than two letters, each no more than one page in length. Make sure the letters are typed. If you haven't had a consultation in our office before, please call and schedule one so that we can take the necessary pictures and xrays to assess the applicant. Since this is a need-based gift, we must be able to assess the applicant’s orthodontic need accurately in order to consider him or her.

Once submitted, the application, pictures, and letters of recommendation become the sole property of the Sanborn Smiles Scholarship Program and will not be returned. Before you submit the application and support materials, please make copies for your records.

The applicant must be a resident of Carteret, Craven or Onslow County. You may not apply to more than one foundation. The program reserves the right to disqualify applicants that are determined to live outside of the local area.

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 twice a year (Spring and Fall) to determine and distribute awards and award notifications.

It must be noted that neither Dr. Sanborn nor his orthodontic team chooses the recipients. They have only committed to provide the orthodontic services to the selected candidates. The recipients are chosen by an independent board of directors, who in no way entertain any bias or influence toward the candidates who are chosen.

Applications will be reviewed twice a year, and the ones chosen will be contacted by the Sanborn Orthodontics team upon selection by the board of directors.

Helpful guidelines in applying for braces through The Sanborn Smiles Scholarship Program

  • Letters of recommendation are mandatory. Please do not submit more than two typed letters, and limit each recommendation letter to one page each. 
  • Proof of reported income will be required. Please submit it as part of your application.
  • A brief appointment for photographs will be required prior to the application being considered complete. If you call ahead, Sanborn Orthodontics may be able to accommodate the pictures upon delivery of the application.
  • Your application, letters of recommendation, and pictures will not be returned to you and will become property of Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.
  • Patients must be school-aged up to 18 years old. 
  • The applicant must be a resident of CARTERET , CRAVEN and ONSLOW counties.
  • Return your completed application, letters of recommendation, and photo to:

Sanborn Smiles Scholarship Program

167 Highway 24
Morehead City, NC 28557

Applications that do not meet these criteria will NOT be voted on by our board of directors. The board will meet quarterly to make its selections.


If you have questions, please contact us at (252) 727-0020 or via email at:

“Dr. Sanborn did a terrific job with my daughter! She has a movie star smile! Great staff, fun and friendly place. Highly recommend!"

Laura L.

Best ortho around great with kids. They have activities to put the kids at ease and keep them occupied even video screens to watch movies while in the chair being examined."

Brian L.

“On vacation, my son's expander broke, and half of it came out of his mouth. We slightly panicked as we were more than two hours from home. We called Sanborn Orthodontist, they stayed open for us to get there and took care of him as if he was one of their regular patients. We were so impressed and thankful."

Maureen B.

“The staff is awesome. They made our little girl feel so comfortable. Outstanding atmosphere!"

Cathy L.

“Love Dr. Sanborn and his staff. They are very friendly and care about all their patients. He is involved in the community in promoting dental care. I went in for my consultation appointment and I was back in the next day getting my braces on. I would recommend Dr. Sanborn for anyone who is looking for a good orthodontist."

Holly A.

“Love Sanborn! The staff is very friendly and professional. Been going for a year and will miss them when I’m done."

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