Community Giving

Jerene’s Wish Program

Jerene was a Patient who came to Warford Orthodontics in 2005 through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At 15, she was battling esophageal cancer. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Jerene the opportunity to have a wish fulfilled, and she chose braces to straighten her teeth. When Dr. John heard of Jerene’s Wish, he was moved to offer Jerene orthodontic treatment at no charge. In doing so, Jerene was granted two wishes: braces, and a bedroom makeover.

After Jerene’s passing in January 2006, the Jerene’s Wish Program began to take form at Warford Orthodontics. The mission of the program is to offer orthodontic care at a greatly reduced price to Patients who badly want their smiles changed, but their families are financially unable to afford it.

Currently, there are several Patients receiving orthodontic care in Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas because of the Jerene’s Wish program.

Applications are accepted year-round, and families who qualify are encouraged to apply.

Jerene, 1990–2006


Now Accepting Applications

Details Below

How To Apply

Applications for Jerene’s Wish are available upon request via email, by telephone (800) 732-3768, (701) 255-1311 or by downloading the application below.

Program Qualifications:

  • The applicant has the desire to experience all of the life-changing benefits of an enhanced smile.
  • The applicant is not currently in braces.
  • The applicant will be committed to good oral hygiene and other requirements for a successful result.
  • The applicant must meet income guidelines for the program

Income Guidelines:

Family of 2…………………$20,000

Family of 3…………………$25,000

Family of 4…………………$30,000

Family of 5…………………$35,000

Family of 6…………………$40,000

Some Moments That Have Inspired Us

My Favorite Jewelry – a Poem for Jerene

My Favorite Jewelry – a Poem for Jerene

Written by a family member of Jerene I used to smile lightly, So my lips would not reveal The tooth fairy’s sense of humor And the fact I got a raw deal. I wished I could get braces But feared if would never come true Because money was an issue And I became sick with...

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Jerene’s Wish Article in Inspired Woman Magazine

Jerene’s Wish Article in Inspired Woman Magazine

This article was reprinted with permission from the Editor at Inspired Woman Magazine. "I dream to have a beautiful smile."*A beautiful smile is something we often take for granted. For some people, it is emotionally painful to smile. They may feel embarrassed if...

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Contact Us


1145 West Turnpike Ave., Bismarck ND 58501

(701) 255-1311 or toll free at (800) 732-3768

Office Hours

Regular daily office hours vary during the week so please call 701-255-1311 for office hours and to schedule your appointment.

If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency during office hours please be sure to call ahead to ensure the best care possible.

After Hours

Call the office phone or email, and we’ll get back to you right away the next business day.


Friday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, you may call or text the on-call assistant at 701-471-2539.

The on-call assistant will evaluate your need to be seen right away or if waiting until the next workday is safe, depending on your comfort level, of course.

The on-call assistant can consult with Dr. John 7 days a week as needed so we can provide you the best advice for your weekend concerns.