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CBS 12's Extraordinary People: Dr. White & "Give Back A Smile" domestic violence dental restoration

Story By: Michele Wright/ CBS 12 News Anchor|Reporter

Restore a smile, Restore a life.

BOCA RATON, Fla.-- Want a whiter smile? Who doesn't right? Great news--you can have a beautiful smile while also healing the effects of domestic violence through a special fundraiser hosted by Boca Raton dentist Dr. Kerri White called Give Back A Smile. So far she, her staff and patients have raised over  $20,000 for the cause's foundation.
Dr. White is a proud mother and wife living and practicing in Boca Raton. Born with an under-bite she understands what many go through after having dental surgery. She's now on a mission.

"It changed my life so much for the better, I thought wow if I can do that for other people that would be amazing", White says.

And change lives for the better she does. With her caring and compassionate staff, everyday at White Smiles of Boca Raton along with The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's the program heals some of the most devastating effects by restoring the smiles and dignity of women and men who have suffered dental damage because of abuse.
"Since Give Back a Smile started in 1999, 1400 abused survivors smiles have been restored."

 "I think it's such and important thing to be able to make a difference in their lives. Once they have been away from their abuser they qualify for the program. So they are trying to improve their life. A lot of times they are unable to get jobs because they have so much damage to their front teeth. We can help them get on with their lives. The program also has scholarships to any of the program recipients that are enrolled in college so that's something we're proud of doing as well", she says.
With a generous donation from Heraeus Kulzer Dental and Venus Smile whitening products, participating dentists give 100% of all proceeds from their patients whitening services to "Give Back A Smile" program. It's a win-win.

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"They are improving their own smile by giving other people back their smile."
Dr White feels fortunate to do what she loves.
Dr. White tells CBS 12's Michele Wright, "My team is amazing, they are the most kind, gentle staff anywhere. From my front office who will greet you the moment you walk in, to my hygienist, my assistant, we treat our patients like family. We care about our patients so much. We are so grateful that our patients love us. We do what we do because of them. Even if I won the mega millions jackpot I would still be in my office doing dentistry. I love my patients. They are why I do what I do."
"I've had people who aren't my patients come to my office and drop off checks to support the "Give Back A Smile" program or come to just get their teeth whitened. We welcome the community to give back to those who need us."

To contact Dr. White, donate or support the "Give Back a Smile" program visit:

How you can help HERE

For more information on the AACD click HERE

Connect with Dr. White on Facebook HERE. Twitter HERE. Youtube HERE.

If you know an extraordinary person or extraordinary people making a positive difference in South Florida, email Michele Wright at, tweet her HERE or submit your nomination on-line below. We'd love to hear about it.

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 CBS 12's Extraordinary People: Dr. White & "Give Back A Smile" domestic violence dental restoration

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