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Orthodontics 

Implementing an orthodontic program in Indian Country can bring several benefits to Native American communities:

  • Improved Oral Health: Orthodontic treatment can correct misalignments, malocclusions, and other dental issues, improving overall oral health and hygiene. This can lead to a reduced risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.

  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Orthodontic treatment can significantly improve a person’s appearance, speech, and ability to chew properly. By addressing dental issues, individuals may experience increased self-confidence and overall quality of life.

  • Prevention of Secondary Health Issues: Dental problems, if left untreated can lead to secondary health issues such as headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and even respiratory problems. Orthodontic treatment can help prevent or alleviate these issues, promoting better overall health.

  • Cultural Sensitivity: Implementing an orthodontic program in Indian Country allows for culturally sensitive dental care tailored to the specific needs and preference of native American Communities. This includes considering cultural beliefs, traditions, and languages in the delivery of dental services.

  • Empowerment Through Education: An orthodontic program can provide education and resources to Native American communities about the importance of oral health and orthodontic treatment. This empowers individuals to take control of their dental health and make informed decisions about their treatment options.

  • Preventive Care Focus: Orthodontic programs often emphasize preventive dental care, including regular check-ups, cleanings, and early intervention for orthodontic issues. This initiative-taking approach can help prevent more serious dental problems in the future, saving both individuals and the healthcare system time and resources.

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled Citizen of Samish Indian Nation

  • Reside in our ten-county service area: Skagit, Whatcom, Kitsap, Snohomish, King, Island, San Juan, Pierce, Jefferson or Clallam County.

  • In order to access this assistance, citizens must register with the PRC office, and abide by the Samish PRC program guidelines.

Assistance Maximum:

  • For orthodontics, each person is allotted $7,000 per lifetime, for evaluations, x-rays, models, etc.

If you are in need of accessing these services, please contact Purchased/Referred Care.

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