Straightening Your Child’s Smile & Improving Their Bite with Braces
A common specialty of dentistry, orthodontics is the study and treatment of improper bites, or malocclusions. There can be a variety of reasons why this treatment is necessary, including teeth that grow in an un-natural or crooked manner, jaw alignments that aren’t proportional, or any number of other irregularities in the mouth.
One of the most common questions that new patients as us is “Does the Medical Card Cover Braces for Kids in Illinois?”
The Medical Card, also known as Public Aid, Medicaid, All Kids and Tarjeta Medica, is a form of government assisted health care available to low-income families and individuals in Illinois. Children of low income families residing in all Illinois counties including Cook County, Dupage County, McHenry County and Lake County may qualify for orthodontic treatment with braces coverage under this state funded dental insurance program.
Finding an approved provider that accepts coverage for braces in Illinois can be a challenge. Many dentists and orthodontists limit the number of Medical Card patients that they will see or, in some cases, limit the types of services they offer to children covered on the Illinois Medicaid.
That’s not the case at Den-Care Smile Center.
Orthodontic treatment with braces is available in many cases, but not all and the coverage requirements vary, depending on the age of the individual and the type of dental care required. In general, individuals between the age of 5 and 21 who are Illinois residents, under the age of 21, that have Medicaid coverage are entitled to certain dental services that are considered “orthodontics”. Not all kids covered under the state Medical Card insurance program will qualify for orthodontic treatment with braces. State of Illinois Medicaid administrators must pre-approve all children for braces coverage before orthodontic treatment can begin.
We have an experienced team of dentists and support personnel and provide orthodontic treatment with braces for children covered under Public Aid, Medicaid and All Kids in Illinois.