Smiles For Teachers Program 2019
About the Program
Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian of Nalchajian Orthodontics second annual Smiles For Teachers program launched in April 2019. The application process celebrates and recognizes teachers that give so much of themselves to help local students succeed. It provides one special teacher in the Fresno and Clovis region with a complimentary Invisalign® or braces treatment. Each procedure gives patients a brand-new smile by straightening the alignment of their teeth.
After the initial application period for Smiles For Teachers program ended in mid-May, the team at Nalchajian Orthodontics narrowed down the applicants to a top 24. Each teacher described their commitment to students and how their smile negatively impacted their confidence. A common struggle mentioned was affording the treatment, especially as they were purchasing essential classroom items completely out of pocket.
The top 24 finalists were then posted to the Nalchajian Orthodontics website and the public was encouraged to vote for their favorite teacher finalist. In just one week, more than 12,000 votes from Fresno and Clovis area residents flooded in, and one recipient was selected.
ABC30 KFSN Fresno and Central Valley News followed the program and announced the recipient on their station on May 23, 2019. They announced Samuel Benavides for the complimentary braces or Invisalign treatment.
Samuel Benavides, 27, of Fresno, is a physical education, health and fitness, and physical science teacher at Tech Prep High School in Tulare. Many of his teeth are out of alignment, including ones at the back of his upper jaw, causing him to constantly bite his upper lip, while his front teeth have a gap between them. Samuel stated in his application: “I became a teacher at a continuation high school because I love empowering teenagers to take control of their education, and I come back day after day because seeing them transform into responsible young men and women with life goals makes it all worth it.”
Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian are honored to provide this opportunity for teachers in the community and are excited to help Samuel gain more confidence through a smile transformation.
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