When is braces treatment deemed to be medically necessary? (photo)
I'm 20 and I've been dealing with uncomfortable malocclusions and overcrowded teeth my whole life. I have layers of teeth, and some baby teeth still. My mouth physically hurts due to the teeth pushing on each other. When is braces or orthondontics treatment deemed to be medically necessary? Is my condition bad enough to be considered medically necessary for treatment? Most insurance plans do not cover the work I need done unless it's deemed necessary.
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.