An orthodontist in the Capital Region is cutting the bill and making it easier for parents to be able to afford dental work for their kids.

Getting dental work can become pretty costly, but one dentist is putting families at ease showing them how smiles can change lives.

The Adirondack Orthodontics is teaming up with nonprofit organization Smiles Changes Lives to provide free dental work for children in need.

“The reality is that orthodontic care can be costly. Very often insurance does not cover it. The nice thing is these are lifelong benefits,” Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn said.

The practice will provide up to 25 area kids with braces, using their top of the line digital equipment. In some cases these types of services can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $6,500.

“These patients who are selected for treatment will be seen on a monthly basis until their treatment is complete and then they will continue follow-up practices for several years during their retention phase.”

In the past, Adirondack Orthodontics has provided free mouth guards for a local hockey players, but they say this event will be their largest ever donation of orthodontic work.

“I am very happy that this orthodontist is able to help so many families in need. It’s going to help people down the line, possibly for generations to come,” Biana Miller, a parent, said.

To be considered, families should visit Adirondack Orthodontics’ website at There, they are asked to complete a brief online form providing information regarding their individual situation. Those that meet the initial qualifications for the program will be invited to a screening event on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Adirondack Orthodontics’ Latham office, 713 Troy-Schenectady Road, Suite 127, where they will be assessed by Dr. Berenshteyn and his team of orthodontists.