Jun 4, 2010 2:30 PM by Carina Corral
"Restore a Smile, Restore a Life."
Area dentists aim to brighten teeth and lives with a n offer that is hard to resist.
Teeth whitening normally costs $395, but for the month of June, several dentists in the area are offering it at half off with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the San Luis Obispo Women's Shelter.
" This is our seventh year of doing the fundraiser, we've raised over $140,000 and we're happy to do it," said Dr. Guy jones who came up with the idea when some of his patients sought help at the shelter. " Some gals that were had real rough times with kids were able to go to the women's shelter and make it through and be put back on their feet."
The campaign grows every year, as more dentists get in on the offer and more patients take them up on it. Last year alone, more than $16,000 were raised. It makes those at the shelter, well, smile.
" They're generous to donate their time and their staff to make this happen," said Beth Raub, the SLO Women's Shelter Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator.
The campaign keeps the shelter's Safe House operating by raising money for necessities things such as food and electricity.
" This fundraiser has become a staple to providing necessary and basic services for people who are contacting us and trying provide safety for themselves and their children," said Raub.
They are turning frowns upside down and changing lives in the process, giving everyone something to smile about.
There are 13 dentists taking part in the "Restore a Smile, Restore a Life" campaign.
Each has designated weeks when you can get your teeth whitened for half off.