An orthodontist by the name of Dr Robert Haeger of Kent, Washington has come up with a remarkable idea. In return for community service rendered by three teens in his town, he is offering free orthodontic treatment as a show of gratitude!
Stories like these really warm the cockles of my heart, as most people simply cannot afford orthodontic treatments. This is a problem as most patients only need very little fine tuning for slight malocclusions, and do not need severe interventions. This does not mean that their oral health will not suffer; their teeth will be a little bit crooked, and the instances of dental caries will be higher than their counterparts who were born with straighter, better aligned teeth.
I hope that this is the beginning of a trend, and that more dentists will choose to emulate the good doctor, and provide citizens who are in need of orthodontic treatments with free orthodontics.