Having crooked teeth can make a person feel self-conscious. It can lower self-esteem. Modern dentistry has a fix for crooked teeth. But the question is are braces covered by insurance? Read about more orthodontic treatments here.
Can insurance cover braces?
The answer to this question can be yes and no. There is a lot of grey area when it comes to this question, as well as a lot of considerations. Similar to cosmetic surgeries, braces can be covered by insurance if it is proven that the health of the patient will benefit greatly if they were to have braces. An example would be if the patient would need braces to be able to chew their food better, the braces can be covered by insurance.
In many places, the age of the patient is also a consideration. While most orthodontic treatment would be covered by insurance for children, it is not always the same for adults.
What if the braces are not for a medical concern?
It goes without saying that if the treatment is only desired for cosmetic purposes, the treatment is not usually covered.
Since dental coverage is not a mandated requirement for companies, most adults do not have this type of insurance, to begin with.
On top of this, even if they do have employer-sponsored dental insurance, if the patient is only going to get the braces because they are concerned with the way they look, the insurance will rarely cover the fees.
If you are still interested in braces, for aesthetic purposes…
You can consider other alternatives to braces that may be covered by your insurance. Clear aligners are available at your local dentist. Although they might cost a little more than braces, some insurance providers will be willing to pay a portion of the cost, still saving you money.
If you are considering having braces put, or if you have questions about other alternatives to braces, your local dentist will be able to give you the information you need.