How To Refer

Please note that Project Restoring Smiles ONLY accepts patients who A. are in dental pain, and/or B. have visible smile defects (ex. missing front tooth). Cleanings and routine hygiene procedures do not fall within our scope of treatment.

To be referred to Project Restoring Smiles, candidates must be living in a shelter or supportive housing at the time of referral. Candidates must be referred by their case worker or shelter manager. Please note we do not accept referrals from individuals.

Project Restoring Smiles has five criteria for admission into the program. Please note that all five criteria must be met in order for candidates to be accepted.

Candidates must:

1. Be between ages 18- 65 years old
2. Be a resident of Ontario
3. Self-identify as a survivor of domestic violence (defined as either intimate partner or familial violence)
4. Reside in a shelter at the time of referral
5. Must not have access to private dental insurance. Please indicate if candidate is receiving ODSP or OW.
6. Stable Medical History*

Case workers and shelter managers, please download the referral form below and return by fax to 416-923-2135.

Referral Form


Please note: Project Restoring Smiles specializes in long-term restorative treatment for issues such as broken or missing teeth and jaw misalignment. Our wait list is extensive. For this reason we are not a suitable option for emergency dental care. If you or a client is experiencing a dental emergency, please call 911 or contact the Patient Clinic at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry (416-979-4900).

*Stable medical history means an uncomplicated medical history. This term refers to patients who can be treated in an office setting, and do not require a hospital environment in order to receive dental care.