Bringing smiles to children worldwide

Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft lip and palate charity, is thrilled to join forces with elleven Dental as charity partner for 2014.

Just like our colleagues at elleven Dental, we understand how powerful a great smile can be. Across the developing world, children with unrepaired clefts face difficult lives of shame, isolation and pain. While cleft surgery is a straightforward procedure, families in poorer countries are often unable to pay for surgery and treatment.

At Smile Train, we aim to make sure that every child born with a cleft receives the treatment they need, so that they are able to enjoy a happy and productive life. We’re delighted that elleven Dental has chosen to partner with us to help us achieve this goal.

With the help of our partners and donors worldwide, Smile Train is able to offer 100% free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of children, by training doctors and medical professionals and working with local hospitals. Every day, more than 340 life-changing surgeries are carried out by Smile Train’s 2,100 partner surgeons in more than 87 countries around the world.

This year Smile Train will celebrate its one millionth smile with a month of activities coinciding with National Smile Month in the spring, and we look forward to elleven Dental joining our celebrations for this very important smilestone.

We are so excited to be working with elleven Dental this year. Look out for more great opportunities, as we work together to bring smiles to the faces of children around the world.

To find out more, please visit the Smile Train website.

Susannah Schaefer is Executive Vice Chair & Chief Executive Officer at Smile Train, Inc, and Trustee, Smile Train UK