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Smiles Change Lives: How Giving More to Your Community Can Grow Your Practice with Dr. Dustin Burleson

The In Your Face Podcast

Dr. Dustin Burleson is a speaker, teacher, author, and business strategist for over 3,000 orthodontists located across 32 countries. He writes and edits 5 newsletters monthly and is the Director of the Leo H. Rheam Foundation for Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics. 

He also operates large multi-doctor, multi-clinic orthodontic and pediatric dental practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a champion of the private practitioner and has a long track record of helping orthodontists transform their practices and leave a strong legacy for their families, employees, communities, and the orthodontic profession. His marketing campaigns have generated over $425 million in revenue for his clients and privately held practices. 

Dr. Burleson has worked extensively with the prestigious Disney Institute, Ritz Carlton Leadership Development Center, and the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School. He has been invited to speak throughout the world and has shared the stage with celebrities, athletes, and business leaders who mirror his passion to help people live healthier, happier lives. 

He's been featured on Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, the Kansas City Star, Parents Magazine, and Family Fun. He is a 2 time Inc. 500 honoree, recognized for building one of the most successful orthodontic practices in North America. Dr. Burleson’s latest Amazon best-selling book, Smiles Change Lives: The Smart Orthodontist’s Guide to Building a Purpose-Driven Practice is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold.

In this episode…

A smile is something beautiful that every person is entitled to. For kids with less-than-perfect teeth, smiling can instead lead to teasing from other kids and an effect on their self-esteem. Not only that but not every parent can afford orthodontic treatment for their kids. In this perfect storm, affected kids may avoid smiling and often shy away from spending time with their friends.

To support these parents and their kids, the Smiles Change Lives program was started by Tom Brown and his mother Virginia Brown in 1997. Virginia grew up with these anxieties about her teeth, but after treatment positively impacted her life, she decided to pay it forward.

In this week's episode of the In Your Face Podcast podcast, co-hosts Craig Weiss and Blair Feldman are joined by Dr. Dustin Burleson to talk about the benefits of giving back a smile to a child. Dr. Burleson explains how the Smiles Change Lives program works, how they help orthodontics and their practices, and his reasons for writing a book by the same name.