Introducing Fry Orthodontic Specialists,
Start a Smile Foundation

(Formerly known as Smile for a Lifetime Foundation)

For 10 years, Fry Orthodontic Specialists has been delivering free braces to deserving young people through the Smile for a Lifetime-KC program. Starting with 2 scholarships per quarter, we have grown and currently offer 80 scholarships per year! We are honored to have provided over $2,000,000 worth of smiles to deserving kids throughout Kansas City!

Early 2019, the national Smile for a Lifetime organization went through structural changes, and these changes affected the free orthodontics Fry Orthodontics provides for Kansas City. We want to continue to provide kids free braces with the Kansas City board involvement, so we decided to start our own chapter.

At Fry Orthodontics, we use the phrase: “Your Smile is Just the Start.” This tag line represents the countless opportunities a smile can provide someone, and we believe this is our professional and social mission as we evolve and grow as a business. Because our core belief is how a smile can change someone’s life, we have chosen to change the name of our Kansas City chapter to Start a Smile Foundation.

Same Great Orthodontic Care for FREE- Start a Smile Foundation

We are very excited to begin this new brand while continuing free braces and Kansas City board member participation. Though our name is different, there will be no change to the way our process works. We will continue to give 80 deserving kids throughout Kansas City FREE braces every year.

Learn More at the Fry Orthodonticcs website.


About Us

At Start a Smile Foundation it is our mission to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our communities in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and their community.

How It Works

As a need-based award, the Start a Smile scholarship is given to children and teenagers who show an economic disadvantage, a commitment to excellence in school, and a desire to serve the community. Awards are made quarterly by the board of directors. Learn more.

Past Winners

We are proud of the recipients of the Start a Smile scholarship. You can check out some of our past awardees here.

Nominate Someone

Do you know someone in need of orthodontic care but without the means? If this person is a leader, dedicated student, and role model in school, nominate them for treatment.