Our office has participated in this amazing program in the past and we wanted to take some time to remind our visitors about its goals, events, and accomplishments.

What is the Program and What Does it Do?

The Give Back a Smile program enables qualified survivors of domestic violence to receive cosmetic and restorative dentistry at little to no cost. Funded and organized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Charitable Foundation, it heals some of the most devastating effects of intimate partner violence by restoring the smiles of adult women and men who have suffered damage to, or lost, their smiles at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse.Since its inception in 1999, more than 1,300 survivors have had their smiles restored.

The program would not function without the generous volunteer work of dozens of cosmetic dentists, dental labs, and dental manufacturers. In 2012 alone, 131 volunteer dental offices completed 139 smile restorations worth more than $1.4 million in donated dental services. On average, patients received $11,000 in smile restoration services.

Program Testimonials

For the program participants, the dental work is a truly special gift. This quote(from the 2012 annual report) is an example of the gratitude they feel toward their volunteer dentist:“The other day I shared a smile with the frazzled cashier who was ringing up my groceries and it occurred to me that I was sharing the gift you gave me. For me, it is a gift that has lifted a great burden and opened the door to new possibilities. I am humbled by the generosity and kindness you extended to me.”

Another participant demonstrates the transformative effect of a healed smile: “It feels good when you can smile and know that the world is smiling with you. I smile all the time now, but for 10 years I couldn’t. Whenever I looked in the mirror I saw a monster.Today, I see a beautiful woman.”

Our Participation

The Academy recently recognized our office for participation in this program. We’re proud of this honor because it shows our commitment to the Jacksonville community. As our mission statement says, we want to help everyone achieve optimum dental health. This allows them the opportunity to be healthier and happier in life as well.

It also speaks to our dedication to improving smiles. Our office is open to all Jacksonville area residents in need of cosmetic, general, and even emergency dentistry. Call 904-384-4391 or email dr.rittenberg@drrittenberg.com to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help your smile.