Subject: Tooth Positioners for Orthodontic Treatment
Date: April 9, 2012
Important NoteThis Clinical Policy Bulletin expresses our determination of whether certain services or supplies are medically necessary. We have reached these conclusions based on a review of currently available clinical information including:
A system utilizing aligners may be considered by Aetna as comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic aligners are a treatment modality used for the correction of malpositioned teeth. The total treatment time may vary based on factors such as the difficulty of each individual case and/or system used.
D8070 -- Comprehensive orthodontic treatment of the transitional dentition
D8080 -- Comprehensive orthodontic treatment of the adolescent dentition
D8090 -- Comprehensive orthodontic treatment of the adult dentition
Revision DatesOriginal: November 22, 2005
The above policy is based on the following references:
1American Dental Association. Current dental terminology, CDT 2011-2012: 71.*
2Invisalign website. Align Technology, Inc. March 11, 2011. http://www.invisalign.com
3Joffe L. Invisalign: early experiences. J.Orthod. 2003 Dec; 30:348-52.
4Hajeer MY, Millett DT, Ayoub AF, Siebert JP. Applications of 3D imaging in orthodontics: part II. J. Orthod. 2004 Jun; 31:154-62.
*Copyright 2010 American Dental Association. All rights reserved.
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