Henry Schein Inc, Melville, NY, announced its commitment of $50,000 to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) for its Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program. The donation will be made available through Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global social responsibility program, and Henry Schein Orthodontics, the orthodontics business of Henry Schein Inc.

The goal of Henry Schein’s donation is to help the DOS program carry on its mission to provide pro bono orthodontic treatment for economically disadvantaged children who lack insurance coverage or who do not qualify for other dental health assistance in the state where they live.

“As part of our commitment to help enhance access to oral care to underserved communities, it was an easy decision to support a program that aligns so well with the values of our global social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein. “Together with our valued orthodontic customers, we look forward to helping AAO fulfill its goal of providing orthodontic care to those most in need.”

Since it was created in 2009, the DOS program has expanded from five to 10 state sponsored programs and nationwide access where volunteering orthodontists are matched with patients most in need of care as identified by AAO and Dental Lifeline Network. Henry Schein Cares and Henry Schein Orthodontics’ contribution of $50,000 will underwrite the costs for materials, supplies, and equipment needed to deliver patient care.

“Our goal of treating 250 patients this year is achievable thanks to donors, such as Henry Schein, who are making it possible to not only help change smiles, but help change lives,” says Morris N. Poole, DDS, immediate past president of the AAO. “Thank you Henry Schein for your generous support of the DOS program and your continued support of the orthodontic community.”

The DOS program is overseen by a Board of Directors composed of both AAO member orthodontists and corporate supporters from leading orthodontic suppliers.