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Looking for Affordable Dental? We can help!

Looking for Affordable Dental? We can help!

Affordable dental can be hard to find… so we found it for you! From free dental days to financial assistance programs to discount providers, we’ve found help for your urgent affordable dental needs!

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Find a Free Dental Day

Many dental clinics designate certain days or events during which they donate their services for free to the community. These free services often include cleanings, basic fillings and/or extractions. They are not suitable for more complicated services.

Originally, I shared posts about affordable dental days on the Low Income Relief Facebook page… but it turns out, there are just too many! Now that we’re covering the entire US, there’s no way I could keep up.

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However, there are several ways you can find the next free dental service in your area. You can check out the Free Dentistry Day website, which lists upcoming free dental days and local affordable dental offices that participate. Here’s a quick video about their services:

Apply for Assistance!

There are many grants, funds and other services that can assist you with costly dental services. Here are some of them.

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Advantage Smiles for Kids provides assistance for low-income, at-risk children in Oregon adn Idaho who have a high aesthetic need for braces due to bullying or teasing. It is a referral-only program. You will pay $25 toward braces and be asked to “pay it forward” through community service.

Colorado Orthodontic Foundation provides assistance with braces for children in Colorado. You’ll need to qualify through Kids in Need of Dentistry to receive assistance.

Dental Lifeline Network provides low-income disabled, elderly or medically-fragile individuals who can receive assistance with oral care, dentures, bridges, crowns and other tooth repair. Exact details vary by state.

Donated Orthodontic Services provide free services to children without insurance. These services are currently available in nine states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.

Give Kids a Smile is a national program that provides cleanings, exams, flouride treatments, sealants, oral surgery and x-rays to children.

Smile for a Lifetime Foundation provides orthodontic treatment for underserved patients. Local chapters dictate who qualifies in their area.

Smiles Change Lives assists with braces for children between the ages of 10 and 18. You’ll have to pay $30 for the application fee and $650 for the braces, but that’s much cheaper than the entire cost! You must meet income limits, age limits, and dental requirements.

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Click here for a state-by-state list of agencies that can help you find affordable dental care in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming!

Find an Affordable Dental Provider!

Dental Schools can be a great place to find affordable dental care. You’ll receive service from students who are acting as apprentices to professionals… and, because they’re still training, you’ll save a bundle on your services.

DentalPlans.com can help you save a percentage on your dental services (up to 60% in some places) but you’ll still have to pay for the plan and for your dental care.

Now that my son needs braces, we’ve also been able to locate many providers in our area who provide financing through in-house plans. That in-house financing is key because it usually is more flexible in terms of credit requirements and other eligibility criteria.

Got Medicaid in Washington?

If you have Medicaid, check out DentistLink! This service, provided free by the Arcura Foundation, will help you find a dentist in your area that is still accepting Apple Health.

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Have too much month at the end of your money? Me too - and that's how Low Income Relief got started. I have over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Over the years, I've worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. My work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow.com, Livestrong.com, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), The Chronicle (Centralia, WA) and others. At Low Income Relief, I use my professional research and reporting experience to help low income families save money and make ends meet. It's been my full-time job since 2016, and it's truly an honor to serve you.

Melissa

Friday 11th of March 2022

I have Husky insurance for regular dental work. Is there somewhere that could help with the cost of a Bridge that is not covered?

Isaac

Saturday 19th of March 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Justin Macdonald

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I'm looking for financial assistance for dental coverage.

Isaac

Thursday 10th of February 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/

Sarah Humble Ketcher

Saturday 26th of June 2021

People can check the Aunt Bertha App or website. Also, most dentists offer cheaper prices for cash-paying patients even cheaper than those paying by credit or debit card because they don't have to pay the fees. Most dentists offer CareCredit which you can sign up for right in the office. You can even use it for the vet, chiro appts, etc and the credit score required is much lower than normal credit cards. For those in extreme pain, you can go to tge ER and they can bill you for the visit and give you some antibiotics and pain. It's only a band-aid but they can send in a social worker with a printout of local resources to deal with the issue. Also, Teaching Hospitals such as John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, Texas have an excellent dental clinic that can see you the same day. Non-Profit Health Clinics offer all the main dental services one may need. Also, check the prices of Dentists in rural areas near you or use a Medicaid Dentist in a higher-end neighborhood of say Houston. For those with Medicaid, call your Provider Member Services and they will call local DR's or Dentists with you on 3 ways to assist in scheduling an appointment. They have their quotas to meet and it doesn't look good when their members aren't using the important free services. They do want to help. If still no luck try contacting the Medicaid Providers Patient Advocate, or Ombudsman.

Sandra

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

My friend is on Medicaid in California, and her tooth just broke in half-she needs a crown. There are 2 dentists near her who take Medicaid, but they show signs of being substandard. One of them she went to get work and there was a hair on the tray of instruments about to be used on her, or something like that? Anyway, how can she find alternative providers who either would charge a reduced rate, take Medicaid, or provide free care? I looked at the resources in the Affordable Dental article and the free dental events and the dental lifeline in California are both shut down due to covid. Any suggestions?

Hannah Benge

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Unfortunately, a lot of resources have been shut down due to Covid. The resources that we have listed are the most recent we have. We will continue to search, but with Covid, as you said, things are limited.-Hannah

Hannah Benge

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Unfortunately, a lot of resources have been shut down due to Covid. The resources that we have listed are the most recent we have. We will continue to search, but with Covid, as you said, things are limited. -Hannah

Holden Buda

Monday 11th of February 2019

Hi, i am in reno nevada and i have 2 teeth that need to come out immediately. I have no insurance, no job and now no money. I was trying to find a way to get my teeth pulled and i had been calling insurance places in my in and out delirium from the pain. AWIS insurance took money from my bank and i am now 189 dollars in the hole. I have no way to pay for anything not even rent now and i need my teeth out to be able to work, it is excruciating.

Riley Thomson

Monday 11th of February 2019

Holden, That sounds painful, I'm so sorry! Head back to our Affordable Dental page click on any of the links within the article for more information. Be sure to click on the link that has a state by state list of dental resources. I hope this helps. -Riley