Does AHCCCS Cover Braces?

AHCCCS covers braces for children under 21 as long as they are medically necessary.

At The Kids Dental Office of Phoenix, we accept AHCCCS for braces work and other orthodontic services!

To schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call (602) 903-4894 or message us on our contact page.

Eligibility criteria for AHCCCS.

When are Braces Medically Necessary?

As a Medicaid program, AHCCCS covers braces when they are medically necessary. This can save you thousands of dollars if you qualify for coverage.

The question is, what makes braces medically necessary?

Sometimes braces can serve a purpose that is mainly cosmetic, such as closing a gap between teeth or improving a smile. AHCCCS does not cover cosmetic uses for braces.

Your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether braces are medically necessary for more serious oral health issues. Some mouth conditions that may satisfy the medically necessary requirement include:

  • The existence of a cleft palate
  • Problems opening the mouth or chewing and eating normally
  • Speech impediments
  • Extreme overbite, underbite, or crossbite problems
  • Protruding teeth (overjet)
  • Impacted teeth
  • Certain hereditary conditions

What is AHCCCS?

AHCCCS is a federal government Medicaid program that the state of Arizona administers. AHCCCS will pay for dental services for your children under 21 years of age and not require a copayment for children under the age of 19.

Do You Qualify for AHCCCS?

If you are an Arizona resident who is a U.S. citizen or a qualified immigrant, have a Social Security number (or have applied for one), and meet the income limits, you may be eligible to apply for AHCCCS for your family.

You can learn more about the AHCCCS program—including how to apply and what the income limits are—here.

The Kids Dental Office of Phoenix Accepts AHCCCS for Braces

Reasons that AHCCCS to cover braces.

The Kids Dental Office of Phoenix is a full-service child dentistry and orthodontics provider. We offer our child patients preventative dental care, treatment of gum and tooth problems, oral surgery, and emergency dental care.

We also offer teledentistry or virtual consultations so you can speak to a dental team member from your smartphone, computer, or tablet.

We accept many dental insurance plans, including AHCCCS and Medicaid, and will file claims on your behalf, saving you time and hassle.

If your child needs dental work and you need to know if AHCCCS will cover it, call us at (602) 903-4894 or message us to schedule an appointment with one of our child dentists or orthodontists.