The Teeth Project focuses on state-of-the-art dental reconstruction that is normally prohibitively expensive for most people.
People who may have made tremendous effort to address their drug problems already face numerous barriers in entering the workplace. Those who have lost all or nearly all of their teeth have a form of facial disfigurement. This is a socially disabling and highly stigmatizing mark.
What’s Happened So Far?
The short film below shows how one man’s life was completely changed from July 2011 to April 2012. With all his teeth having been extracted in 1999, while in prison, he had lived with pain and low self-esteem for the last twelve years due to awful and badly fitting dentures. He was selected as the first person to go through the Teeth Project and now has a new set of highly functional and natural looking fixed teeth. He is due to complete his psychology degree in New York this year and plans a career in addiction treatment and human rights.
Work is currently taking place to make this remarkable process more widely available. Usually this procedure costs in the region of $70,000 – $75,000 per person. However, the doctors and companies involved in the Teeth Project are prepared to provide their services for free. Some funds still need to be found to cover nursing, theater fees, patient travel and other on costs.
The Teeth Project needs your help!
To provide ten more people with this life changing procedure in 2013 we need to raise $250,000. You can donate via the Harm Reduction Coalition (our fiscal sponsor) here and enter “The Teeth Project” in the Special Notes at the top of the form. If you would like further information please visit www.teethproject.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key people involved
Our Fiscal Sponsor – Harm Reduction Coalition
All donations are tax-deductible.