Risas Dental and Braces giving back to community once again

Free dental treatments will be offered Monday, Sept. 5. (Risas Dental/Submitted)

Risas Dental and Braces is once again offering free dental treatments for the community through its annual Labor of Love event slated for Monday, Sept. 5.

Among its 22 participating locations, Risas Dental has 13 locations in the Valley and another two in Tucson. The four-hour event will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Dr. Troy Slade, who works at the Maryvale location in Glendale, said he is looking forward to giving back to the community.

“The fulfillment that I get from doing this is nothing compared to anything that I have ever experienced,” Slade said. “I just feel connected to the people that I serve with. It makes me enjoy the days that I’m working on a normal day more because I feel more connected to the community.

“It helps us to connect with the community, to feel a part of the community, (get) a sense of community, which I think we’re all in some ways looking for.”

This year will be the 11th one for the Labor of Love event, and Slade said the total dollar amount to have been given away through the Labor of Love event is close to $9 million since its first year.

This year, patients can once again choose from one of the four following free treatments: cleanings, fillings, extractions, or exams and X-Rays. This year, however, Risas Dental will also be offering free orthodontic consultations for any patients interested in braces or clear aligners.

“This also gives people a chance to see the services that we provide,” Slade said. “We know that COVID-19, for some people, has caused some economic struggles — job losses or loss of insurance — and I think, more than anything, we want people to know that we’re out there and that we’re there to support them. We want to be there for you and help where we can.”

The event is first come, first serve, and an appointment is not necessary. Slade advises those interested to arrive as early as possible to ensure themselves to be seen.

“It’s a first-come, first-served basis, so just come in,” he said. “Just get in line and we’ll take care of you.”

Slade has been with Risas Dental for the last four years. He said the event has grown in participation every year.

“Even through the COVID pandemic, just the way that we’re set up to treat our community as a lower cost dentistry, we’ve been successful for all four years,” he said.

For Slade, community ties are an important part of Risas Dental’s business model. On top of that, he said the company’s CEO, Jeff Adams, has the “biggest philanthropic hearts that you could ever meet.” That mindset trickles down to the staff among all Risas Dental’s employees.

“I would say that there’s a fundamental belief among all our doctors that we need to give to grow,” Slade said. “Part of giving is opening your heart, and the more open we are, we believe the more we will be able to grow and reach more people in the community that need help.”

To find the nearest Risas Dental location, visit risasdental.com.