Organizations with dental payment plans such as Great Expressions Dental Centers and Quality Dental Plans charge patients a low annual fee for a certain amount of free service and discounts on subsequent service, reports Forbes. The nonprofit Dental Group Practice Association holds annual free dental events across the United States. The American Dental Association website has a directory of accredited dental schools that offer discounted dental treatment.
Discounted plans often permit patients to pay fees over time without interest or financing, explains Forbes. The annual fees typically cover free services such as yearly exams, X-rays and cleaning as well as a significant percentage off other procedures. The members of the Dental Group Practice Association run regular practices but also donate their time on a pro-bono basis. The association organizes annual free dental service days, weekend visits in dental offices and mobile dental clinics. Other organizations that offer free or low-cost dental events include America's Dentists Care Foundation and Dentistry From the Heart.
Dental schools offer low-cost dental treatment from students practicing under the supervision of licensed dentists, according to Forbes. Because accredited supervisors check every phase of student work, treatment at a dental school sometimes takes longer than at a private practice or clinic.