Individuals must usually meet low-income requirements or be uninsured, disabled or over age 65 to qualify for free dentures through government insurance programs or through local charitable and professional organizations. Individuals can normally qualify for free dentures under these programs by submitting copies of tax returns and bank statements or proof they are collecting disability or retirement benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Other organizations with income, age or disability qualification requirements include the Donated Dental Services program administered by the Dental Lifeline Network, a nationwide group of dentists who volunteer to provide free, comprehensive dental care, including dentures. Applicants for this program must have a permanent disability, be age 65 or older, or otherwise qualify as medically fragile.
Qualifications for free dentures under some programs are based on factors other than income, disability or age. For example, anyone who can demonstrate U.S. citizenship can qualify for grants for free dentures under programs offered by the federal government.
Free dentures are also available through the Mouthglove Denture program. An applicant must have donated or received a living organ in a transplant operation to qualify for free dentures under this program. The Give Back a Smile program offered by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry also provides free dentures to certain individuals. An applicant for free dentures under this program must be a victim of domestic violence who has suffered dental injuries from an abusive spouse or partner and has been out of the abusive relationship for at least one year.