Statutory health insurance covers only primary orthodontic care. Only if a certain degree of severe illness is given, the insurance plan will come up for the most part of treatment costs of dental malocclusion or jaw malalignment. This applies to patients whose ability to chew, bite, speak, or breathe is inhibited and who are under the age of 18. If you are older than 18, the health insurance will only pay for treatments of severe jaw anomalies which additionally require to undergo jaw surgery.
Pursuant to § 2 of the Social Security Code, the following efficiency principle comes into application:
"The rendered services have to be sufficient, appropriate, and cost-efficient; they shall not exceed the necessary minimum."
Thus, statutory health insurance does not grant patients the optimum medical care provision.
The treatment costs of patients with private insurance is covered by their health insurance plan. However, the coverage depends on the individual contract concluded with the insurance company. Prior to the beginning of treatment, you will be provided with a therapeutic and cost schedule which you are to hand over to your insurance company in order to find out, which services are paid for.
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In general, you can seek orthodontic treatment at any age!
In case of malocclusion or other inconvenient habits (e.g. thumb sucking) which limit or are detrimental to growth, it is recommended to consider removable retainer correction therapy from an early age on, e.g. already at the age of 4.
A space maintainer shall be used in the event of pre-mature loss of baby teeth. Growth spurt during puberty can be used to ideally promote jaw growth (e.g. when suffering from mandibular recession) or to keep it at bay (e.g. when suffering from mandibular prognathism).
Fixed brace are usually only an option as soon as all permanent teeth have appeared in the mouth.
Malocclusions can also be fixed with adults. It is possible that treatment has to take place in consultation with your dentist, a physiotherapist, or a surgeon. If a patient suffers from severe parodontitis, it might be difficult to undergo orthodontic treatment.