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How to get started

The new Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid Orthodontic benefit (Braces) took effect on January 1, 2023, for OHP Members under 21 years old.


The ASK program is available for kids 11-17 years old, who have a severe need for braces but do not qualify for the new OHP orthodontic benefit. With this new benefit in place, all applicants will need to follow the steps outlined below BEFORE applying to ASK:


  • Contact your regular Primary Care Dentist (PCD) to schedule an evaluation of your child’s orthodontic need. This is the dentist that normally takes care of annual checkups, cavities, teeth cleaning, etc. If your child qualifies for braces, your dentist will refer them to a Medicaid Provider Orthodontist for the next step.    


  • ​If your child DOES NOT qualify for braces through the OHP benefit, you may fill out the ASK web form for A Smile for Kids (ASK) on the "How to get started" page. Make sure you upload a copy of your OHP denial letter in the form. The ASK program manager will contact you for more information within two business days.

If you don’t know who your child’s Primary Care Dentist is, or they haven’t been assigned one yet, you can click on this link Dental Care Organization (DCO) and ask them to help you assign a dentist or tell you who your child has been assigned.


If you don’t know who your DCO is, you can contact your Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) listed in the same link as above. They will give you the information if you have your child's OHP Member ID number.

*** If you are not currently on OHP but need to check if you qualify - click here: Apply for OHP ***

If you have questions about applying or referring a child to the A Smile For Kids program

please call Diane, Program Manager, at


or email at

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