Code Tip: Ortho codes—unmasked

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Code Tip: Ortho codes—unmasked

D8220–Appliance therapy—fixed

  • The appliance is not easily removed by the patient,
  • The device is not a day or night guard,
  • The device is fixed with some type of bonding material, and
  • It can be used for a habit breaking appliance for such habits as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.

D8210­–Appliance therapy–removable

  • The appliance is easily removed by the patient,
  • It can be used for habit a breaking appliance for such habits as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, and
  • The device is not a day or night guard.

D8680–Orthodontic retention

  • Describes fabrication of removable retainers,
  • Does not include monthly active orthodontic movement billing,
  • Is usually billed as final payment at the end of active orthodontic treatment, and
  • Means a separate code applies for a replacement retainer (D8692).

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