El cuidado dental accesible a todos es posible en los Estados Unidos. Existe un buen número de clínicas que ofrecen asistencia ortodóntica gratuita para niños de bajos recursos. La organización “Las sonrisas cambian vidas” coordina este gran proyecto que pone al alcance de todos en américa tratamiento de ortodoncia. El reporte completo (en inglés) nos llega desde WorldDental
There are affordable braces
and free braces for children that are in financial need of assistance. Recently, Smiles Change Lives revealed that the organization will be offering a unique orthodontic program to provide braces in all the states in the United States.
Children from low income
families, ages eleven to eighteen, who do not already have an orthodontic appliance and who have malocclusions that range from moderate to severe may be eligible for these affordable braces.
Affordable braces can be used to correct issues with chewing or biting, to remedy issues formed from the early or late loss of one’s baby teeth, to eradicate mouth breathing, and to remedy issues caused by chronic thumb sucking.
Affordable braces can also be used to remedy jaws that pop, make sounds, or shift, to remedy overcrowding and blocked out teeth, to eliminate cheek biting or injuries to the roof of one’s mouth, and to repair teeth that do not meet or that meet abnormally.
Smiles Change Lives is a nonprofit organization which offers access to care orthodontic programs to a variety of orthodontists across the nation. In turn, the orthodontists that work with Smiles Change Lives can supply pro bono services to underprivileged children.
Families that have an income that is at 200 percent or below the federally defined poverty level are eligible for services. Smiles Change Lives was established in the late 1990s and since its start has helped over 1200 children from low income families.
Since the services offered by Smiles Change Lives is fairly new, the organization is actively seeking out orthodontists to work with and professionals across the United States, particularly professionals working with families that have a low income.
At this point, with the state of the economy, Smiles Change Lives is anticipating a greater need for pro bono and affordable braces. The fees for such services are $250 or $500 depending upon the amount of income a family has coming in at the time of the application.
Since braces can be a considerably costly endeavor, many children go without having a chance to make their smiles perfect. What’s more, many children suffer long term dental issues because of tooth crowding and misalignment.