Does insurance cover clear plastic dental retainers?

Jeremy M. Albert, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
No, dental insurance does not typically not cover the fabrication and delivery of clear plastic dental retainers as an individual treatment process, even those with orthodontic benefits. Typically, just placing a retainer would be an out-of-pocket expense, although insurance policies do vary and there are always exceptions.

However, for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment and utilizing orthodontic insurance to reduce the cost of braces or aligners, the first set of retainers is typically included with treatment and clear plastic dental retainers are usually an option. Again, this would apply for patients with braces or aligners before retainers are placed, not just for an individual retainer in most cases.

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