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Access to Orthodontic Care

A White Paper from the AAO

State Dental Organizations

Learn about access to care opportunities in a particular state

Accredited Orthodontic Programs

Browse a list of accredited programs 

Accredited Dental Training Programs

Browse a list of accredited programs

AAO Donated Orthodontic Services Program

Become a DOS provider or donate to the program.

Give Kids a Smile

Advantage Smiles for Kids

A program dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income, at-risk children in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. For more information click on, or call (866) 268-9616.

The Colorado Orthodontic Foundation

The Colorado Orthodontic Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Denver, CO.

Smile For A Lifetime

Smile For A Lifetime, Inc. (S4L) provides services to disadvantaged children.

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) is dedicated to eliminating pediatric oral disease and promoting overall health and well-being.

Children’s Dental Health Association of San Diego

The Children’s Dental Health Association (CDHA) addresses the need among working poor families for access to quality dentistry.

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

These programs are available in many states and offer basic dental care and screenings to children, the permanently disabled and the elderly.  In addition, DDS treats children who receive Medicaid but have no orthodontic benefits.

State by State Programs

comprehensive list of access to care programs.

Smiles 4 Canada

Smiles 4 Canada provides care to qualified low income children in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Smile Train

The Smile Train provides free cleft surgery for children.

Smiles Change Lives

Helps low-income children obtain orthodontic treatment. Visit for information.