What About Teeth After Braces? *2021

What Happens Teeth After Braces? Will my teeth deteriorate again? Let us explain this to you in detail.

The actual orthodontic treatment is followed by tooth stabilization with so-called retainers. The health insurance only covers fixed retainer devices in a certain case.

The statutory health insurances pay the retention for up to two years after the active treatment.

How long this stabilization is necessary depends on the individual case. It is sometimes recommended for life.

If the lower jaw’s front is crowded, a fixed retainer is paid for by the health insurers.

Why is a retainer necessary?

After the actual braces, treatment includes a post-treatment, which stabilizes the result and holds the teeth in the new, desired position. This is called “retention.” A fixed retainer is a fine wire that is glued to the inside of the teeth. A removable retainer is similar to classic braces and is usually worn at night.

This follow-up treatment is an integral part of orthodontic therapy. How long it lasts varies and can also depend on the intensity of the tooth movements. 

Does the health fund bear the costs for the follow-up treatment?

The statutory health insurance companies bear the costs of retention for up to two years after the end of active treatment.

Calculations are made from the end of the calendar quarter for which the last down payment was made. ?? As a rule, retention takes place from the 13th to the 20th quarter of treatment. Most removable retainers are used.

Statutory insurance must pay for a stabilization phase longer than two years. Even possible new production of retention devices is not part of the service catalog of the statutory health insurances after completing the regular treatment. Dentists invoice these measures (“long-term retention”) as a private service.

End follow-up treatment early?

During the phase in which the retention period is covered by health insurance (maximum two years after the end of the active treatment phase), those with statutory health insurance are paid for the retainers and any necessary repairs within the legally stipulated framework. Patients should not aim to end the retention phase prematurely, even if the co-payments made are then reimbursed earlier. Because the end of the retention phase within a health insurance treatment is also the end of the treatment – and with it, the claims against the health insurance company end. Should any further measures be necessary afterward, these must be paid for yourself.


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FAQ

After the actual braces, treatment includes a post-treatment, which stabilizes the result and holds the teeth in the new, desired position. This is called “retention.” A fixed retainer is a fine wire that is glued to the inside of the teeth. A removable retainer is similar to classic braces and is usually worn at night.

The statutory health insurance companies bear the costs of retention for up to two years after the end of active treatment.

Yes, you will continue to check in regularly.

During the phase in which the retention period is covered by health insurance (maximum two years after the end of the active treatment phase), those with statutory health insurance are paid for the retainers and any necessary repairs within the legally stipulated framework. Patients should not aim to end the retention phase prematurely, even if the co-payments made are then reimbursed earlier. Because the end of the retention phase within a health insurance treatment is also the end of the treatment – and with it, the claims against the health insurance company end. Should any further measures be necessary afterward, these must be paid for yourself.

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