Inaugural “Smiles for America” Gives American Heroes New Smiles

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11th, a new program called Smiles for America is giving 50 heroes in 50 states something that should never be taken for granted —  a new smile.

Across the country, the nation’s top cosmetic dentists are donating their talents to transforming first responders and other heroes’ smiles as a national sign of solidarity and commitment to cosmetic dentistry and service. All smiles will be revealed on the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

Dr. Dean Lodding of Smile for Life Dental in Elgin, IL and Dr. Debra Gray King of Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Atlanta, GA are spearheading Smiles for America, both have been overwhelmed by the positive response from cosmetic dentists across the USA. Recipients, in all 50 states, have begun the process to receive their new smiles by September 11th, 2021.

Dr. Lodding’s recipient Eric Echevarria said “What does a new smile mean to me? A proud smile provides the confidence to be more outgoing and personable because you are more confident. The confidence needed to be in front of a new and bigger audience will be bolstered with this new smile. I can confidently jump into my new role as police chief knowing I have a smile for life.”

Dr. Dean Lodding of Smile for Life Dental, is proud and honored to have chosen police officer Eric Echevarria to be the American hero who will receive the gift of a smile. Eric is an individual who has dedicated his entire life to giving and serving others around him. He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps and later began his career in law enforcement. His leadership and service within the community, and within the Elgin police force, led to him rising through the ranks of the force advancing from patrolman to sergeant to commander in an unprecedented time frame. His exceptional service led him to recently be chosen as the police chief in Peoria, Illinois. When informed that he had been chosen to be the recipient of a new smile through the Smiles for America program, he felt with great humility, others might be more deserving.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland