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Free dental braces

Since 1 July 2015, the cost of dental braces for children and young people has been assumed by your health insurance fund in the case of serious misalignment (malocclusion).

Entitlement to this is independent of the parents’ income.

A third of children need a dental brace

Around 30,000 children and young people are affected annually. Around 8,000 of them fall into the category of early childhood treatment, and around 22,500 into the care category of fixed braces from the age of 12 and over.

The new service package

The service package includes an initial orthodontic consultation by dentist contracted to the health insurance fund and the establishment by a contracted orthodontist – on the basis of internationally-defined benchmarks – whether the patient has severe misalignment (IOTN 4 and 5).

In the case of severe misalignment, early childhood orthodontic treatment is provided by dentists or orthodontists. Normally this is only from the age of six at the earliest. The co-payment which previously applied (an average of €400) is no longer charged.

Fixed braces are obtainable for all children and young people between the ages of 12 and 18 and paid for by your health insurance fund under the above-mentioned conditions.

The approval of the health insurance fund for treatment by a contracted orthodontist is now no longer necessary.

Detailed information is available in German on the information page of the social insurance institutions and from your own health insurance fund.

Financing

The federal government is supporting the additional financing required for this new service with a sum of €80 million a year.