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On World Smile Day, Dentsply Sirona helps hundreds of cleft-affected children gain healthier smiles

At this year’s Dentsply Sirona World (DS World) in Las Vegas, Dentsply Sirona has announced the launch of a wide-ranging new partnership with Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organisation.

To increase the impact of this partnership, Dentsply Sirona has offered to match donations made to Smile Train by participants at Dentsply Sirona World 2021.

A spokesperson explained: “October 1st is World Smile Day – a day devoted to smiles and acts of kindness all over the globe. In anticipation of this special day, we have asked participants at this year’s DS World in Las Vegas to join us in supporting Smile Train to help change the lives of children born with clefts.

“In just three days, the company and its partners came together to fund cleft surgeries for hundreds of children around the world. Dentsply Sirona is taking action to support Smile Train’s work with the launch of a five-year renewable partnership aimed at having a lasting, long-term, positive impact. Dentsply Sirona has committed to donating $5,000,000 to Smile Train through the partnership.

“Smile Train’s local medical professionals are already leveraging digital technologies such as the company’s Primescan intraoral scanners, and are developing innovative protocols that minimise the travel required by patients and their families to improve access to care.”

In addition to funding life-changing cleft surgeries and providing free dental equipment, the collaboration focuses on clinical education initiatives for global oral health professionals in local communities and to empower them to provide treatment and raise the standard of care to the highest level. Dentsply Sirona is making its entire online catalogue of clinical education courses available to all Smile Train oral health professionals.

Susannah Schaefer, President & Chief Executive Officer of Smile Train, added: “We are genuinely inspired by the way the DS World attendees came together to help support Smile Train’s efforts around the world. We are very proud to work with dental professionals and are excited about the impact that our partnership with Dentsply Sirona will have on both the healthcare professionals in the communities working with our organisation and on the children that they treat.”

On World Smile Day – a day devoted to smiles and acts of kindness all over the globe – Smile Train and Dentsply Sirona, together with help from the participants at DS World, are giving children with clefts around the world a new reason to smile and help them live a happier and healthier life