Community Involvement

Our doctors have treated 9 patients to completion so far.  They are currently treating 5 others.  That's 14 beautiful smiles made possible through the generosity of our doctors and the Sunshyne Smiles Program!

 Sunshyne Smiles Poster

The Sunshyne Smiles Program is a statewide program that helps provide orthodontic treatment to deserving South Dakota children who may not otherwise receive care. Children are accepted to the program through a referral from a general dentist. Eligibility is determined based on the severity of the child's orthodontic needs and their family's financial situation.

The seed money for the program was provided by: Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund; the South Dakota Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star; and Dr. Mel Thaler of Sioux Falls. Funds continue to be raised from a wide array of donors throughout South Dakota.

A major portion of the cost of each orthodontic case is contributed by participating South Dakota


orthodontists. Participating families contribute approximately $25 per month to the program toward the cost of their child's orthodontic treatment over the course of 36 months ($900 total). The program assumes the difference ($2,700) between the family's contribution and the amount committed to the orthodontist, which is a total of $3,600 per case.



Alexs Lemonade stand

Thank you to our patients who donated $350.00 to help fund children's cancer research! 

You're Awesome!

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