Another Free Braces Scholarship awarded: Briseida

Congratulations to Briseida. She has been awarded the Free orthodontic braces scholarship in Tucson Arizona in October 2014. Briseida is described as a hard working high school student that likes to help Special Needs students in P.E.  In addition to finishing her high school diploma she is also taking after hours classes in JTED Pima Community College as a certified nursing assistant student. Briseida is an amazing Smile for a Lifetime scholar and we wish her the best in her endeavors in her studies. In the meantime, we are creating a gorgeous smile for her. She will be a great nurse in the future…her patients will heal with her smile! =)

S4L Scholar Briseida

S4L Scholar Briseida


Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a national organization with participating local orthodontists to provide free orthodontic braces to underprivileged children. Neither Dr Leo Toureno nor the Local S4L Board of Directors receive any monetary compensation for this live changing service.

The applicant will need to submit an application form with narratives and letters of recommendation. In addition, photos and school grade report will also need to be submitted. The applicant’s family income should generally be under 185% of the federal poverty level.

The local Board of Directors will then vote twice a year to select applicants; selecting 3 scholars biannually. Currently, the Local S4L  Board of Directors are: 

Amanda Pinder-Hynes, DDS - Pediatric Dentist, El Rio Community Health Center (President); Rosemary Leon, BA, CDA - Pima County Health Education/Outreach Coordinator (Vice-President); Tamara Maki, BS, RDH – Dental Hygienist (Secretary); Dr Jerry Holbrook, DDS – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon; Dr John (Jay) Schmidt, DMD – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon; Leslie Leon, Chief of Staff - Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Naomi Proano, Marketing & Community Relations - Univision TV; Amy Martin - Canyon Ranch Institute; Linda Wilson - Long Realty; Chris Brown, MEd, Retired Teacher

For more information and to download an application, please go to:

If you know anyone that may benefit from this amazing scholarship please direct them to the application page.