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Dr. Chase Dansie and his team, who also have a practice in Duchesne, will donate orthodontic care to up to 50 kids through the national nonprofit Smiles Change Lives.

HERRIMAN — Dr. Chase Dansie, of Dansie Orthodontics, wants to give local children the gift of a new smile this holiday season and needs help spreading the word.

Dansie and his team, who also have a practice in Duchesne, will donate orthodontic care to up to 50 kids through the national nonprofit Smiles Change Lives.

On average, braces cost $5,000 per child, making them out of reach for many hard-working families. Further, orthodontic treatment has long been considered cosmetic by insurance companies, providing little assistance, even for those that are insured.

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To qualify, a child must be between the ages of 7-21, have good oral hygiene, not be wearing braces currently, have a moderate to severe need for braces, meet certain financial guidelines that vary by geographic location, and be willing to pay the nonrefundable $30 application fee and the nonrefundable $650 required financial investment per child.

Families who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply online at smileschangelives.org/apply. Questions can be sent to Smiles Change Lives at [email protected]