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