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Restoring Smiles of Domestic Violence Survivors

Dr. Jamielynn M. Hanam-Jahr, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), is working to restore the smiles and lives of domestic violence survivors who have suffered life-altering dental injuries.

Through the AACD Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program, volunteer dentists like Dr. Jamielynn M. Hanam-Jahr donate their time and skills to restoring survivors’ self-esteem, physical, and emotional health by giving them a new smile. Many survivors have lost teeth or experienced other dental problems resulting from intimate partner violence.

“Working with my Give Back a Smile patient brings me a lot of joy,” says Dr. Jamielynn M. Hanam-Jahr. “Smiles are one of the most important physical attributes we have. I’m happy that I can help restore the smile that was so brutally taken away from my patient.”

More than five million people are affected by domestic violence each year in the U.S. Since its inception, Give Back a Smile has restored more than 1,500 smiles.

Here’s how patients find help through GBAS:

  • Domestic violence and/or sexual assault survivors who have suffered dental injuries from domestic and/or sexual violence can contact GBAS toll-free at: (800) 773-GBAS (4227).
  • Survivors 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 however the dentist has the final say as to the eligibility of the applicant.
  • If eligible, the AACD connects the survivor with a local GBAS volunteer who provides treatment at no charge to the recipient.

For complete details about the Give Back a Smile program, visit www.givebackasmile.com or call toll-free: (800) 543-9220. Those interested in finding help with the Give Back a Smile program can also visit the Web site, call the National Hotline: (800) 773-GBAS (4227), or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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