Having worked in such close proximity to Fort Lee for almost 20 years now, you can imagine that we have seen our share of military families (active duty, dependents and retirees) come through our practice. The good news is that Tricare (United Concordia) does provide orthodontic coverage for dependents of active duty personnel (up to age 26), and for all retirees and their dependents through Tricare (Delta Dental of California).
For our active duty personnel considering orthodontic treatment, or those considering enlisting with the armed forces, it is very important that you talk with your Commanding Officer or recruiter to determine if there are restrictions on having orthodontic treatment. If there are restrictions on having traditional braces, sometimes patients can have removable braces (such as Invisalign) and still meet the military requirements.
Last fall, Commonwealth Orthodontics implemented a discount program for all levels of treatment for our military members and their families, as a way of saying “thank you” and honoring those brave men and women who give so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day in this country. As always, our initial consultations are free, and we will provide you with a full, written estimate for any treatment that is recommended before you leave from your initial consultation appointment.
We also realize that many times our military are required to transfer to a new location – often with very little notice. We are aware of this, and all of the treatments that we perform for our military families use a very universal bracket/wire system or Invisalign. If a transfer is necessary, most any orthodontic practice or clinic will be able to pick up where we left off and complete the treatment plan in place. Of course, we will also pro-rate the treatment contract so you are only responsible for the cost of the treatment that has been rendered, and nothing more.
To all of our prospective, active duty, and retired military personnel and families, THANK YOU for all that you do. It is our pleasure to be able to serve you.