Smile For A Lifetime

Sanborn Orthodontics is proud to partner with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. Our mutual goal is to change lives through orthodontics and have a positive impact on our communities.  A smile can inspire hope, increase self-confidence, and change a community.  Since its creation in 2012, Dr. Sanborn and the volunteer board have provided 42 scholarships for a total of $231,000 of orthodontic treatment.

What is the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation?

Founded as a charitable nonprofit organization, the Smile for a Life foundation is an orthodontic organization dedicated to providing care to individuals who otherwise might not receive treatment. Launched in 2008, the foundation has grown to more than 85 orthodontic partners across the United States.

With local chapters, each having its own board of directors to determine awards, the foundation is community focused and locally based. The foundation sponsors the orthodontic care of hundreds of patients each year and has participating orthodontists throughout the US. If you or someone you know is deserving and could benefit from the gift of a smile, please fill out the application.

Our Mission

At Smile for a Lifetime Foundation, 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 foundation, 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

3. Download the Volunteer Sheet

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. Please submit clear, high-quality pictures of the applicant’s face, smiling and showing his or her teeth. 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 Smile for a Lifetime Foundation 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 the area that the local foundation serves. You may not apply to more than one foundation, nor may you apply to a foundation that serves an area in which you do not reside. The foundation 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 quarterly 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 quarterly, 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 Smile for a Lifetime Foundation

  • 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.
  • The applicant must be a resident of the area this chapter of the foundation serves, which is CARTERET and ONSLOW counties.
  • Return your completed application, letters of recommendation, and photo to:

Smile for a Lifetime Foundation
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 is amazing with kids, and the Damon® Smile system he uses has the results I was looking for! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for orthodontics on the Crystal Coast: high quality, professional, knowledgeable, and parent-kid friendly! Thanks for helping my daughter smile!"~ Page Y.
"Sanborn Orthodontics is always having fun events so you can earn San Dollars, and they can be traded in for some great prizes. The staff are very friendly and are willing to help out in any way possible. They act like they have known you for a lifetime. I would recommend Sanborn Orthodontics to everyone!"~ Andrea G.
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"I love Sanborn Orthodontics, it is the best place to go! I was worried about braces because I have to get them soon and I had heard bad stories. They told me all about the steps and how they do the treatment. Now I am worry-free and ready to get my braces!"~ Riley G.
"I am so excited to share my experience about the staff at Sanborn Orthodontics. I had my braces on for 23 months and am so glad I did. The staff was always friendly and I always left happy, even when I had an adjustment."~ Cheryl S.
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