Dental program gives low-income families orthodontic care they need

For a teenager, getting your teeth fixed at the orthodontist can cost between $4,000-$6,000.

But there's a program to help families get the care they need.

Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) is made up of a network of orthodontists who volunteer their time and resources to care for the children of low-income families.

DOS is accepting applicants nationwide.

To be eligible, your child must meet all of the following areas:

  • Be between the ages of 8 and 18 (depending on the state where the child lives) when they begin treatment
  • Not currently be in active orthodontic treatment (i.e. – not wearing braces)
  • Have a current general dentist and good oral hygiene
  • Have a total household income at or below 200% of federal poverty level
  • Have no other resources or means through which they can receive orthodontic treatment
  • Be able to pay the non-refundable $200 fee upon acceptance into the program and BEFORE the first visit with a volunteer orthodontist

For application and requirements go to: dentallifeline.org