How to know if it’s time to invest in orthodontics and braces

The goal of orthodontics is to correct the alignment of the teeth for a beautiful smile and healthy bite.1 Braces are often used, but new techniques using retainers and removable plastic mouthpieces can avoid the need for braces.

When you have young children, you have a lot to think about, and straightened teeth may not be high on the list. However, experts recommend asking your dentist about orthodontics as early as possible—certainly as soon as your child’s permanent teeth begin to appear.

You should think about orthodontic care if your child has:2

  • teeth that are crooked or crowded
  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • teeth that don’t come together even when the mouth is shut completely

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Does Humana dental insurance cover orthodontic care and braces?

Several factors can affect the cost of orthodontic care, including the recommended type of treatment and whether you have dental insurance.3 Many Humana dental insurance plans offer discounts on adult and child orthodontic care. Depending on the plan you choose, you may have a range of discounts on the cost of braces and other devices.

Cost-saving tips:

  • Orthodontic care may not be covered if you begin treatment before you start a dental insurance plan. Be sure to get dental coverage before you start working with an orthodontist.
  • When making an appointment, ask if your plan is accepted and understand exactly what and how much is covered. This will ensure you get the savings you expect from your dental plan.

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  1. “Braces,” WebMD, last accessed May 31, 2023,
  2. “Who Needs Braces,” Healthline, last accessed May 31, 2023,
  3. “How Much Do Braces Cost?” Oral-B, last accessed May 31, 2023,