AAOF Donated Orthodontic Services

Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) is a program of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF) that provides the connection to orthodontic treatment for children of families with financial need. Our purpose remains the same as the day the program was founded more than a decade ago, to create opportunities for children to access professional, individualized, orthodontic intervention by a volunteer network of AAO members. Donated Orthodontic Services provides treatment nationwide and has helped thousands of children love their smile.  



Is your child eligible for the DOS program? Learn more about the requirements here.


Understand how the DOS process works with a breakdown of each step.



Submit an application online today or download a printed application.

Is my child eligible?

    • Your child is 18 years old or younger.
    • Your total family income is 200% of the poverty level or less. (See chart below.)
    • Your child receives regular dental care and has good oral hygiene.
    • Your child is not currently in treatment or in between phases of treatment.
    • Your child has not received previous orthodontic treatment.

If all of the above statements are true, your child should apply for Donated Orthodontic Services.

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DOS program income guidelines follow 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The United States Department of Health & Human Services establishes the Federal Poverty Level and adjusts annually.

Donated Orthodontic Services Process:



Step 1:

Parent, Guardian, or Custodial Adult completes the application that includes (income verification documents, About My Child Questionnaire, and Dental Referral Form).

Important: Due to increased demand, applications missing any of the above items will not be reviewed or considered.


Step 2:

Applications are reviewed quarterly based on the schedule below. Once the application has been entered into the system, you will receive an email from dos@aaortho.org. We appreciate your patience.


Step 3:

If you child meets the eligibility criteria, applicants and their families will be asked to participate in an interview and submit photos to further demonstrate their orthodontic need.



Step 4:

Depending on your location, there might be a considerable wait if you are approved for the program. If a volunteer is located for your child, you will be contacted by the DOS Program Coordinator to collect a $200 administrative fee. The fee goes directly to benefit the Donated Orthodontic Services program, and the treating Orthodontist does not receive any part of the fee. 

How do I apply?



In order to offer more personalized attention to our applicants, the Donated Orthodontic Services program application for 2022 will be open during the following timeframes:


  • March 1, 2022-May 31, 2022
  • September 1, 2022-November 30, 2022


Applications submitted between the application windows will be held until the next application window opens.  


Income Verification (1040, SSI, etc.)


Parent or guardians must attach a copy of last year’s federal tax return (1040/1040EZ) or Social Security (SSI) award letters for each household member with this application for review. Your child must be listed as a dependent in your household. Please note: W2’s and/or pay stubs will not be accepted for income verification.


About My Child Questionnaire


Please have your child take their time and complete the questionnaire. Download questionnaire: ENGLISH | SPANISH


Dentist Referral Form


Your child’s general Dentist should complete the form to ensure that your child has maintained good oral hygiene, is free of dental issues (including cavities), and is in need of orthodontic treatment: DOWNLOAD FORM.




Apply here. To prepare your materials for the next available application window, click here: ENGLISH | SPANISH


The American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, and the Donated Orthodontic Services Program are committed to increasing access to orthodontic healthcare while ensuring all program participants, both prospective and active, are treated with respect and dignity.   To this end, the DOS Program stands steadfast against discriminatory conduct and prohibits treating any applicant or participant differently or less favorably due to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.  This policy applies to the practices of DOS staff and its volunteers, both of whom are dedicated to providing an inclusive and welcoming program.