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Are braces considered an elective / cosmetic dental procedure

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Are braces considered an elective / cosmetic dental procedure? My ex-wife sent me an email stating she "wants" to put braces on our son because he has gaps between his adult teeth. From my understanding, as long as his teeth aren't preventing him from eating / drinking, braces are not needed. Additionally, my son doesn't have the best eating habbits (i.e. candy, junk food) and always has his hands and other objects in his mouth.

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Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ellen replied 5 years ago.

So sorry to hear of this dilemma. If my answer is not clear to you, please ask me for clarification by using the reply button.

Braces are typically considered to be a medical expense only if his teeth interfere with chewing. If the braces are for purely cosmetic purpose, it is not considered a medical expense. You may want to speak to the orthodontist recommending braces to determine whether your son's teeth are lining up correctly and therefore not interfering with his chewing.

Please let me know if you have any questions concerning my answer.
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