Statistics show that in nearly 50 per cent of children, teeth are irregular, crooked or not aligned properly. With advances in the field of dentistry, particularly in the branch of orthodontics which deals with correction of irregularities in the teeth and jaws, the treatment of such malocclusions is not terribly difficult. Straightening of irregular teeth in the past was limited to the use of removable plates with unsightly steel wires and brackets and the treatment was almost always too lengthy and uncomfortable.
Modern orthodontic techniques are simple and virtually painless and the treatment can be carried out in individuals of all age groups, though the earlier the treatment is carried out, the better it is.
These days, there are a number of choices available regarding the type of orthodontic treatment with braces that can be used for children covered by All Kids dental coverage in Illinois.
Braces are generally divided into the following categories
- Ceramic braces
- Invasalign braces
- Lingual braces
- Metal braces
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are made of tooth colored composite materials. They are strong and generally don’t cause staining. Many patients like to choose ceramic because they blend in and match with the natural teeth and are less noticeable to outsiders than metal braces. There are advantages and disadvantages to this option. While they are virtually invisible, more comfortable and cause less gum irritation than metal braces, they tend to be more expensive and can require additional incremental adjustments.
Invisible Braces (i.e. Invisalign): Invisible Braces are great for people who do not have severe orthodontic problems. Invisible Braces consist of strong plastic trays that are custom fabricated in a laboratory for each individual patient. They can allow you to get your teeth straightened without anyone knowing that you are wearing braces.
Lingual Braces: These types of dental braces are placed behind the teeth rather than the front portion of the teeth and are virtually invisible to others.
Metal Braces: Used for traditional orthodontic treatment, these braces are very strong and can withstand most types of use and abuse. At first, they may irritate the gums, but after a few weeks, they are generally well tolerated. Though less expensive than some of the other options, metal braces are more visually noticeable than other types of orthodontic braces.
All Kids Orthodontic (Braces) Coverage in Illinois
Not every child covered under the state of Illinois All Kids program will qualify for orthodontic treatment with braces. The State of Illinois administrators will review and decide whether or not your child will qualify for braces coverage. Only after pre-approval from the State of Illinois is confirmed can orthodontic treatment can begin.
We have an experienced team of dental health professionals that are approved, licensed Illinois providers of orthodontic treatment with braces, and we accept Medical Card, Medicaid, Public Aid, All Kids and Tarjeta Medica coverage as well as most other dental insurance plans.
We feel that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. We know that affordability is a very important consideration and a top priority for your family. That’s why we strive to keep our fees as low as possible while preserving the quality service you expect and deserve.
For those patient looking for a budget-friendly alternative to traditional dental and orthodontic care We offer a discount dental plan and affordable payment options because we truly feel that finances should not keep you from making the right oral health care decisions.