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$500 College Scholarship Criteria

  1. Must be a graduating senior who is applying to college
  2. Must be a current or previous patient of Dr. Sanford’s
  3. Must write a paper, one to two pages, any genre, on “The Power of a Smile.” CREATIVITY RULES!
  4. Entries must be original work, accompanied by a contest cover sheet which is completed and signed by both the applicant and parent.
  5. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR ESSAY! You will be disqualified if you do so. Your cover sheet will identify the essay as yours.
  6. Submit entries by mail to:

    Sanford Orthodontics/Barbara Cimino
    1353 Prince Rodgers Ave.
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Deadline for all submissions: Monday, April 29, 2019

For anonymity each submission will be assigned a number and our selection committee will review each essay. The chosen winner will receive the Scholarship during the High School’s Award Night.

Click here to download the Scholarship Application

2019 $500.00 Scholarship Winner
Lauryn Feinstein

The Power of a SMILE!

What is the meaning of a smile? The power of a smile! When I entered your office for the first time, I was intimidated.  I was in fifth grade and not sure that I was ready to embark on my braces journey.  I knew from my friends who came before me that there is a lot of responsibility that comes with having braces.  I would have to be careful with what I ate and learn to brush my teeth more carefully so they would not become stained.  While sitting in your office I saw all the finished product smiles on the bulletin board.  I knew that I wanted to have a more perfect smile.  I realized  that all the discomfort and responsibility that I was

about to endure, would be so worth it in the end.  The power behind those smiling pictures made me feel comfort in the fact that maybe braces weren’t so bad.  Then, you came in and introduced yourself to me.  You were exactly how I wanted my doctor to be.  Funny, happy, and determined for the patient to have the perfect smile in the end.  When you smiled at me for the first time, I was reassured that my end result picture would look perfect.  I would have the same confident smile I saw in the patients on that wall.  Your smile put me at ease and made me feel ready for my journey with braces.

Life with braces was definitely difficult.  Not chewing gum or biting into pizza crust was a real challenge for me.  Although this was hard, I would always walk into your office, with all the rules followed, and ready to be one step closer to my perfect confident smile.  Even if the tightening appointments hurt at times, I pictured your smile, as well as your assistants’ and former patients, as a reminder that the result would be perfect.  Your smile made me excited for the future despite the painful feelings for the present.

Fast Forward, it is 18 months later, and I am already getting my braces off.  As a now sixth grader and having my braces on for a little over a year, I was ready to see my perfect smile.  I remember walking in on the big day and having a big celebration thrown for me.  The music, costumes, red carpet and cake made me smile a very excited braces filled smile.  The smiles on everyone else’s faces made me know that everyone was excited for me and that the long journey was over.  Picture time! My braces are off and the perfect smile is going on the board for everyone to see.  I would like to think that the power of my finished and perfect smile has eased many other nervous children who are worried about getting their braces on.  I hope that the power of a smile, made another patient feel comfortable in the fact that braces are not that bad.

Now I’m a senior in high school, I can confidently say that I have used my smile to my advantage.  I have smiled at the hard to crack teachers and got them to warm up to me.  I smile at my friends who may need some cheering up and I make them smile back.  Thank you for giving me a smile that has the power to change another person’s day.  Thank you for giving me the confidence to smile and add happiness to others.  Thank you for giving me the smile that will help me make new friends as I enter the University of Pittsburgh.  Thank you for giving me the smile that I will use in my future career path.  As I pursue my own medical career, I hope I can ease my patients fears with my smile.  Thank you for smiling at me on the first day I met you so that I was comfortable.  The power of your smile gave me comfort and happiness, and I like to think that mine does the same.  Thank you for giving me that power and confidence to wear my smile!

“By the way, I am wearing the smile you gave me!”


A graduating senior and past patient

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