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When is braces treatment deemed to be medically necessary? (photo)

Orthodontics Dental
Overcrowded teeth, malocclusions, teeth overcrowding
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (2)

I am sorry that you are suffering from malocclusion.

Unfortunately, insurance rarely covers orthodontic treatment as it is usually considered as an elective procedure.

Cases that are deemed medically necessary include: cleft lip, difficulty in eating due to malocclusion such as open bite, and compromised airway (debatable).

These condition usually require orthodontic treatment in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as orthognathic and plastic surgery.


Dr Yeoh Eng Seng
B.D.Sc (Hons XQueensland)

ALLSMILES DENTAL CARE PTE LTD
502 JURONG WEST AVENUE 1
#01 - 817 Singapore 640502

916 views 13 Feb 2019

In general, most orthodontic treatment for crowding is considered elective and cosmetic. An instance in which orthodontic treatment could be deemed medically necessary include crossbites causing trauma to other teeth, such that non-treatment can potentially lead to early tooth loss.  

Crowded teeth do not usually push against one another to create forces high enough to cause pain. The discomfort you have been experiencing might be due to inadequate oral hygiene leading to gum disease. Hence, it may be helpful to go for regular teeth cleaning and to upkeep good brushing and flossing practices.  

Malocclusions are, however, evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Thus, to determine if your malocclusion is considered medically necessary, it would be best evaluated with a proper clinical consultation by an orthodontist 


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784 views 14 Mar 2019
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