“Give Back a Smile” Program Helps Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Abuse


I am proud to be  participating in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program geared to helping heal the effects of domestic violence endured by more than five million individuals each year in the U.S. and Canada. I am one of many volunteer dentists involved with GBAS, which is available to restore the damaged smiles of eligible adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

You may not realize that one in four women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Chances are, you know someone who’s been affected. GBAS has restored the smiles of more than 1,400 intimate partner violence survivors to date, and we’re looking to help even more. If you know of someone who has suffered injuries to the smile-zone at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse, family member or due to sexual assault, please contact GBAS.

As a GBAS volunteer dentist, I will provide smile-zone restoration treatment at no charge to eligible adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Survivors apply for services through GBAS, and must make an appointment with a counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker or therapist to complete the advocate section of the GBAS application.

GBAS conducts the initial review of the application, and the volunteer dentist makes the final determination of eligibility. GBAS will connect initially qualified applicants with a local GBAS volunteer, who then provides treatment at no charge. All applicants must fulfill certain criteria established by GBAS.

If you or you know of someone that could be helped by GBAS, or someone who would like to get involved in the program, please visit the GBAS website  or call toll-free 800.773.4227 for more information.

Any questions, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA