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! 

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Evans Orthodontics Scholar-Athlete Award

Dr. James A. “Pev” Evans started the Evans Orthodontic Scholar Athlete Award back in 1987. Prior to becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Evans taught in the Rapid City public school system.  “Pev” also coached with the Post 22 baseball program for over 40 years.  He realized early on the importance of students striving to better themselves through education and athletics and designed this award to recognize both of these attributes. This coveted award is given each year to an 8th grade male and female student from 22 area middle schools that extend from Philip, SD.  to Wright, WY. The winners are chosen by their teachers and coaches. The selection process is based on which students have tried the hardest to excel in both academics and athletics that year. Each winner receives a $75.00 gift card and a certificate. The doctors at Evans Orthodontics have awarded well over $56,000.00 dollars to area students since the scholarship program began.


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