Getting dental braces for kids through dental schools
At dental schools where young students get their training in the field of orthodontics, it is possible to have access to braces at a reduced cost. You just need to run a thorough research, and contact the available dental schools in your area. Ask if there is an orthodontic program available, maybe you can take your little one and he/she can get the so much needed dental braces on only a fraction of the cost charged by a private dentist.
The orthodontists who are going through training will perform the treatment, but they are always supervised by licensed orthodontists. Treatment time might take longer than usual, but it is definitely worth the wait, since the entire treatment might cost even 50% or 60% cheaper.
The Smiles Change Lives program
The program promotes access to important orthodontic treatment for children who come from low income families. The program is actually based in Kansas City, and ever since 1997, the staff has treated well over 5,000 kids. Qualified children receive the needed orthodontic care, so it is worth checking out this resource as well. Some of the participating dental schools which are partners with Smiles Change Lives program, and where screenings are offered for kids include:
-AT. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa Arizona
-the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis, MN
-the University of Louisville School of Dentistry- Louisville KY
-the State University of New York- School of Dental Medicine in Stony Brook New York
-the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Typically, kids between 11 and 18 years old are the ones eligible, and families can apply for the program. Those who are accepted into the SCL program, will receive dental braces for a cost of about $600. Some of the eligibility criteria include:
-both parents are low income- about $10,000 per person the maximum income
-the child requires immediate orthodontic treatment, his/her teeth are moderately to severely crooked or misaligned
Applications for the program can be downloaded directly through smileschangelives.org in the Apply for Braces section, and keep in mind that there is an application fee of $30 that must be paid.
Getting dental braces for your child through a general dentist
There are many general dentists who can provide dental braces for children. Their fees are also generally much lower than the ones charged by licensed orthodontists. It is also worth checking out the Medicaid policy, maybe in your state this insurance provider covers for your child’s dental braes, especially if the problem is so complex your child needs immediate intervention (cannot talk or eat properly because of the crooked teeth).