March event benefits Joliet Boys & Girls Club

For the second year in a row, Associated Orthodontists, in partnership with America’s ToothFairy, is hosting a month-long Smile Drive to collect oral health care products for children and teens in need. The drive will run throughout the month of March, and all items collected will benefit the George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club in Joliet.

Patients of Associated Orthodontists donating items to the drive will be entered into a drawing as a thank you for their support. One winner will receive 300 Smile Miles points for online gift card redemption, plus an additional winner from each Associated Orthodontists location will win 150 Smile Miles points.

The general public is also welcome to participate, and can drop items off at any Associated Orthodontists location during normal business hours. Participants are encouraged to contact their local Associated Orthodontists office to confirm weekly hours of operation.

“This drive was a great success last year, and we are excited to be hosting it again,” said Julie Gardner, Director of Practice Development with Associated Orthodontists. “Tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood disease in the county. Together with the Boys and Girls Club, we are glad to do our part to help establish and support healthy habits, especially for the kids in our own communities.”

“This program will help support health initiatives within our organization,” said Kahlil Diab, Executive Director with the George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club in Joliet. This Smile Drive is a perfect fit for our Health and Welfare program, with the goal of assisting underprivileged youth in our community achieve healthy lifestyles, which is one of our key priority outcome goals.”

Requested items:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Floss picks
  • Mouthwash

Associated Orthodontists has six convenient locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais. For more information about the Smile Drive, please contact Julie at  To find a location near you, please visit

The George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club, a United Way partner agency, is dedicated to providing the facilities, services, and support for the youth of Joliet. Through the use of varied programs, informal guidance, and a dedicated staff, the Club is able to offer educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities to all members regardless of nationality, religion, race, creed, or sex. For more information, please visit