Does Medicaid Cover Braces?
My daughter needs braces. We do have Medicaid. Do you know if Medicaid will cover them?
If your daughter is under 21 Medicaid will cover her braces, but only under certain circumstances. Your best bet is to speak with a dentist who accepts Medicaid. They can examine your daughter and tell you if her particular bite problem qualifies under Medicaid’s requirements.
If Medicaid Won’t Cover Her Braces
At our office, if a patient is on Medicaid, we automatically give them a discount on braces, even if their particular treatment doesn’t qualify. We know your budget is limited and want to make sure anyone who needs it can get treatment. Limited income shouldn’t keep you from needed medical care. We’ll sit down with you and work out payment plans even after giving you a discount.
Take a look at our Medicaid page to see what is and isn’t covered. But don’t worry, our discount counts even on procedures other than braces. Bear in mind, the government will only cover the most basic of services. But, if you want something a little better, we’ll make sure you can get it.
One big area we see this is on tooth replacement options. While the government will cover dentures (and even then you have to get them pre-approved), young and even middle-aged patients really need dental implants instead. They are a much better option because they protect you from facial collapse, whereas dentures cause it.
What is Facial Collapse?
When your teeth are removed, your body recognizes there is nothing there for your roots to support. As a result, it redistributes the minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. The upside of this is your body is remarkably efficient, careful to use all your resources in the best means possible. The downside—after a while you lose so much jawbone that your face takes on a collapsed appearance, as you can see in the image directly above. Not only does this age your appearance but you will no longer be able to retain your dentures, making you a dental cripple. The younger you are when you start wearing dentures, the more serious a problem this is.
Dental implants prevent this from happening because it implants a prosthetic root into your jawbone, signaling to your body it’s important to keep the minerals there for support. This keeps your jaw completely intact.
The key to everything we discussed is finding a dentist who cares about patients. A dentist who’s willing to work with you no matter what your budget is. A dentist who cares about you.
This blog is brought to you by the dentists at Angel Dental Care.