Orthodontic Experts launches free braces campaign in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Orthodontic Experts launches its 2019 braces giveaway campaign, giving your child the chance to improve their smile free of charge.

Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk, the founder of Orthodontic Experts, will donate $75,000 of free braces treatment to 14 children in need of braces, but cannot afford it.

Anyone under the age of 18 is eligible. All you have to do is write an essay explaining why you deserve a new smile and submit it to the Orthodontic Experts website.

Dr. Yarmolyuk believes it's important to feel good about yourself, and that a confident, healthy smile is key.

"For some kids it's not just a cosmetic thing, it could be a functional issue," says Dr. Yarmolyuk. "They cannot chew properly, you know even if it is cosmetic, there's a lot of psychosocial detriment to that, if the kid is really self-conscious of their poor smile, or missing teeth."

You can submit your essays until Dec. 16. The winners will be announced on Christmas Eve.