We are pleased to inform you of a new dental access program in Virginia sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the Virginia Association of Orthodontists (VAO) that may help some of your patients who need orthodontic care, but cannot afford it. Thanks to concerned orthodontists throughout Virginia and the Virginia Association of Orthodontists, the Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program will provide free care to children whose families cannot afford needed orthodontic treatment. Participating orthodontists will donate one or two cases per year to help these disadvantaged children.
Perhaps you treat some families in your practice who cannot afford orthodontic treatment for their children. These are the children who may be eligible for the DOS program. We would appreciate your referring them to us. There is no cost to families who qualify for this program with the exception of a one-time fee of $200 that is charged after acceptance into the program. We hope the guidelines below will help you identify those who may be helped.
- Patient must be a resident of the state of Virginia
- Prospective patients must not currently be in braces or between phases of treatment
- Patient must have a significant need for orthodontic treatment because of dental esthetics or function.
- Patients must be between the ages of 8-18
- In general, families must be "working poor" and/or Medicaid eligible
- Patient must be ineligible for orthodontic treatment through insurance or public aid
Click HERE for an application form for you to give to patients you think might be eligible. Your office will not need to verify the above eligibility criteria, because Kizzly Blue, the DOS Referral Coordinator, will review the applications and interview the parents to determine eligibility. If you have any questions about the program, please call Ms. Blue at 866-201-5906.
Participating Virginia orthodontists look forward to working with you, our fellow dentists, to provide orthodontic care to children in Virginia through the program.
Dr. George Sabol Dr. Eser Tufekci Dr. Herb Hughes
VA DOS, Co-Chair VA DOS, Co-Chair VAO President