Costs can vary based on the case’s complexity, region, and specific orthodontist. It’s best to consult directly with your local AAO orthodontist for an accurate estimate.
Insurance for orthodontic treatment is intended to cover a portion of the fee, not the entire fee. Check with your employer or your insurance company to determine your specific benefits.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) does not provide funding for orthodontic treatment, but there are several programs that offer orthodontic treatment to patients in need at little or no cost.
The American Association of Orthodontists Donated Orthodontic Services Program (DOS) is offered to patients in need throughout the U.S. Applicants must meet financial need requirements.
Other U.S. programs providing orthodontic care to those who meet eligibility requirements:
Advantage Smiles for Kids – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
The Colorado Orthodontic Foundation – for children in Colorado.
Also check with your state or local dental society to ask if they are aware of any programs that exist in your area.
Smiles 4 Canada – British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador.
Contact the department within your state’s government that administers the Medicaid program and request a list of providers who are orthodontists.
If you have a Medicaid card, there may be a phone number to call for information. Your state’s Medicaid contact information might also be available online.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is open exclusively to orthodontists – only orthodontists are admitted for membership. The only doctors who can call themselves “orthodontists” have graduated from dental school and then successfully completed the additional two-to-three years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program.
When you choose an AAO orthodontist for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Locate AAO orthodontists through Find an Orthodontist at aaoinfo.org.
Insurance is not required to have orthodontic treatment.
Please check with your tax advisor for a response specific to your circumstances. In general, orthodontic treatment falls under the IRS description of medical and dental expenses that may be deductible from taxable income if the taxpayer meets the overall limits. Some people use an employer benefit called an FSA (flexible spending account) to cover some or all of their orthodontic expenses. FSAs are funded by pre-tax dollars and have an annual limit. Check with your employer to see if you can take advantage of this benefit.