Does insurance cover an orthodontic night guard?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Insurance for orthodontic procedures is like auto insurance. Glass breakage is covered if you have paid for that option. If your orthodontist prescribes a night guard as part of your treatment plan, and you have orthodontic insurance, you should be covered.
Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
There are dozens of different dental insurance companies and within those companies there are hundreds of different plans tailored for each company or person buying the insurance. You would have to check with your insurance company to find out if your plan covers an orthodontic night guard.

Most dental insurance companies do cover night guards at a certain percentage, but some do not. Night guards are very beneficial for those patients that need them. Paying out of pocket for a night guard may help save you money in the long run by preventing chipping, tooth fractures, excessive wear, TMJ problems, and soreness/pain in  the ligaments around the teeth.

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