Orthodontics works to treat crooked smiles and unhealthy bites, especially for children who need extreme correction of tooth placement. However, even some adults consider braces for their crooked teeth, either because they never had braces when they were younger or their teeth have shifted again over time. People who have lost some of their teeth due to injury or decay may also get dental implants to restore their full smile and improve their oral health.
Like other major dental treatments, braces can be an investment. Some people look to have their orthodontics work covered by their dental insurance policy. If you or your kids need braces, Rhoades Family Dentistry is here to make the process affordable and stress-free.
What Dental Services Count as Orthodontics?
Orthodontia is a type of dentistry that works to correct any irregularities of the teeth or jaws with braces or other similar methods. Dental services that count as orthodontic treatments include:
- Correcting crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth
- Fixing an overbite or underbite
- Closing any gaps between teeth
- Treating jaw joint disorders like TMD and TMJ
- Getting x-rays of the teeth and jaw
- Dentofacial orthopedics to develop jaws to their full genetic potential
Adult orthodontics also include any appliances, such as braces, retainers, aligners, space maintainers, and jaw repositioning appliances.
Although some people have naturally straight teeth, many others have problems with the position of their teeth, their bite, or their jaw position. We recommend an orthodontic consultation from our doctors for these problems in order to correct any current issues and prevent future problems from occurring.
When to Seek Orthodontic Treatment
While most people pursue orthodontic care when they are younger, many adults get braces too. Because a child’s mouth is still developing, orthodontic treatment like braces, expanders, or Invisalign can help provide proper jaw growth and prevent future problems with their teeth or gums.
You should consider an orthodontic consultation if your teeth are misaligned or crooked, especially if you’re unhappy or uncomfortable with the way your teeth look and feel. Our dentists can help to correct these issues and leave you with a healthier smile.
What Orthodontic Services Does Insurance Cover?
Your dental insurance coverage will depend on your dental policy and how much your insurance company is willing to pay for. Dental insurance can also vary from state to state, so it’s important to talk to your insurance provider and read your policy closely to know what portion you must pay for.
Typically, most dental insurance plans cover preventative care like regular teeth cleanings. They may also cover at least half of other dental treatments like fluoride, sealants, crowns, root canals, fillings, and other remedies.
When it comes to orthodontia, you may want to find dental insurance that helps to pay for braces or other orthodontic treatments. If you, your spouse, or your children end up needing braces, orthodontic coverage can pay for a portion of your treatment.
Are There Alternatives to Braces?
Fortunately, there are many options for braces nowadays to correct crooked teeth, bad bites, overcrowding, misaligned jaws, and TMJ problems. While the most common option for orthodontic treatment is traditional metal braces, there are also other alternatives, including:
- Ceramic Braces: These types of braces are tooth-colored and clear. The ceramic brackets bond to your teeth with a connecting wire. Many people prefer ceramic braces because they are transparent and blend into your teeth, so they aren’t as noticeable.
- Invisalign: This orthodontic treatment has grown in popularity in recent years. Invisalign is a clear, custom-made appliance you wear that gradually shifts your teeth over time. Appliances are switched out every two weeks or so as your teeth shift into their correct positions.
- Myobrace: This is a preventive orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth.
Rhoades Family Dentistry is here for all your orthodontic needs. If you’re unsure what your dental insurance plan will cover, we can help you find a treatment plan that works with your insurance and budget. Contact us today at 913-782-8900 to schedule an appointment.