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!
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.
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.
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.
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.