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Braces aren’t just for kids anymore

It’s not surprising that advancements in orthodontics have led to an increased number of adults who are seeking treatment for oral difficulties they've likely been experiencing since childhood. While there are significant differences between adult orthodontics and that of younger patients, it’s important to know what they are before making a decision to pursue treatment. Read more about the key differences between adult and adolescent orthodontics.

Fun fact: Although teeth-straightening has been practiced since early times, orthodontics as a science did not exist until the 1880s!

The orthodontic benefit under the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is available to enrollees of all ages who have satisfied the 12-month waiting period or enrolled within four months of their retirement from active duty. The TRDP lifetime maximum for orthodontics is $1,750 per person, payable at 50% of the allowed amount. Complete information can be found in the TRDP Benefits Booklet.

Last updated April 2017

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