Orthodontic treatment Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.
The health insurance fund covers the costs of medically necessary orthodontic corrections of the jaw (KfO treatments) until the patient reaches the age of 18. The decisive factor here is the start of the treatment. The medical necessity of orthodontic treatment is assessed on the basis of five severity levels, the so-called orthodontic indication groups (KIG). From severity level 3 (KIG 3), the health insurance company pays the costs for treatment for children and adolescents under the age of 18. Adults usually have to pay for orthodontic treatment themselves. Exception: medically particularly justified cases, for example in the case of severe jaw anomalies, where surgical corrections are also necessary.
Treatment plan of the Orthodontist
The severity of the malocclusion is defined by five orthodontic indication groups. At least the classification into treatment need level 3 of the indication groups is required.
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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality
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