Access to Care Programs

ISDS encourages members to consider participating in important programs that enhance the public´s access to dental care in Illinois.

Dental Lifeline Network Program

The Dental Lifeline program is just one way the dental profession reaches out to individuals with special needs who cannot afford dental treatment. These underserved people now receive comprehensive dental care because of the compassion and commitment of thousands of volunteer dentists across the nation. It’s easy to participate; dentists are asked to help one or two individuals each year.

Dental Lifeline serves disabled and aged people who cannot afford needed dental treatment and have no other way of getting help. Qualified applicants must be permanently disabled, chronically ill, or elderly. Each person’s condition must be severe enough to prohibit or significantly limit gainful employment. In addition, they can neither afford dental care nor can they receive it through other programs. These patients need extensive treatment, not just a cleaning and check-up.

Unlike other community service programs, Dental Lifeline volunteers donate services in their own offices instead of central treatment centers. Therefore, dentists will be able to work more efficiently with their own equipment, supplies and staff. Find out more by clicking here.

If you are interested in becoming a Dental Lifeline program provider, contact:

Helen Peters
PO Box 211
Northbrook, IL 60065

Illinois Donated Orthodontic Services Program

The Donated Orthodontic Services Program provides care to children whose families cannot afford needed orthodontic treatment. Participating orthodontists will be donating one or two cases per year to help qualified disadvantaged children.

Requirements for participation:

  • Patients must be a resident of Illinois. Note: Cook and Lake Counties in Illinois are not currently accepting applications. Please check back later.

  • Patients must be between the ages of 8-18; adults will be considered under special circumstances only.

  • Patients cannot already be in braces or in between phases of orthodontic treatment.

  • Parent or guardian must submit their most recent federal (and state if applicable) tax returns with their application.

  • Patient must be ineligible for orthodontic treatment through insurance or public aid.


If you are a dentist and would like to know more about referring patients into the program, click here to view/download a letter about this program and referral form.


If you are an orthodontist and would like to become a provider, click here to view/download the letter and application to be a volunteer.

To view/download the Donated Orthodontic Services Volunteer Brochure.

Contact Information:
Illinois Donated Orthodontic Services
Keri Trombly
Dental Lifeline Network
1800 15th St., Suite 100
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 888-471-6334
Fax: 303-534-5290