Bethany Hamilton has signed on as an official endorser of the the Damon System, made by Ormco, Orange, Calif. Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack but later returned to professional surfing, relied on the Damon System to improve the health and beauty of her smile.

"Smiles are a blessing and an infectious tool for spreading happiness and bringing joy to others," said Hamilton, whose autobiography Soul Surfer has also been made into a movie. "The Damon System transformed my smile, allowing me to confidently share my story of perseverance and encourage others undergoing adversity. I’m glad to be a part of the Damon System team, and I look forward to sharing the positive changes and incredible results that I experienced with this unique orthodontic treatment."

According to a release from Ormco, Hamilton began orthodontic treatment at age 14 for a severe underbite with significant crowding and a narrow arch. She also had an open bite. Her orthodontist used the Damon System, which uses self-ligating brackets and memory-shaped wires and, according to the company, typically delivers results up to 25% faster than traditional braces.

The company is using social media to spread the word. In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month, Ormco will donate $1 to the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation for each new "like" of the Damon System Braces Facebook page (limited to the first 5,000 people who participate through the month of October).

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