After reviewing various donated services program, the California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) announced that it has endorsed Smiles Change Lives (SCL). SCL aims to provide orthodontists with optimum pro-bono patient candidates for orthodontic treatment.

CAO chose to endorse SCL based on the criteria that there are no fees to join the organization, no fund-raising required, and no territory restrictions.

SCL provides orthodontic treatment to children from low-income families, connecting orthodontists willing to donate their services to families that otherwise cannot afford braces. SLC has helped more than 6,500 children nationwide receive orthodontic treatment since 1997.