Donated Orthodontic Services

Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS)


The Board of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists has voted to endorse the Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) program. Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) was introduced by the AAO in 2009 with the mission of serving children whose families have limited income without insurance coverage and who do not qualify for other assistance in their state of residence.


Frequently asked questions about DOS:


Q: I already participate in a non-profit donated orthodontic services program. What’s the advantage of DOS participation?
A: DOS interfaces with Donated Dental Services (DDS), a statewide consortium of general dentists, specialists and dental laboratories that donate free dental care to the indigent. Because of this interface, an orthodontist can collaborate with other dentists and laboratories to provide dental care. In addition, the cost to the patient to participate in DOS is $200. This is lower than the cost of many other organized pro bono programs.


Q: Can I select the patients I treat?
A: Yes. The DOS Coordinator will pre-screen patients for eligibility, then refer them to a volunteer orthodontist in their area. You decide if you will see the patient for an initial consultation. Before or after the consultation, you may decline to treat the patient, no reasons asked.


Q: Must I treat a minimum number of patients?
A: DOS volunteer orthodontists are asked to accept one patient a year. You may, of course, elect to treat more.


Q: How can I learn more?
A: Click on one of the below links to learn more information.


Click HERE to become a DOS volunteer orthodontist.


More questions? Contact the Michigan Association of Orthodontists at or 517-487-4988. You may also call the MI-DOS Coordinator (Dental Lifeline Network) at 866-201-5906. Information about the national AAO program is available online