Beginning July 1, patients seeking orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners, will need to show proof of a dental examination within the previous six months or have a dental examination before beginning treatment.
This law signed by Governor Reynolds on Thursday, May 20 is designed to protect Iowans. “Beginning orthodontic treatment with undiagnosed or untreated gum disease, cavities, or other oral health conditions can lead to costly and permanent issues such as tooth loss or a crooked bite,” says Representative Steve Bradley, a dentist from Cascade, and a leading force behind the passage of the law proposed by IDA.
“This law ensures patients’ smiles are protected by requiring orthodontic treatment be preceded by a dental exam to catch any potential issues before it is too late,” stated Representative Tom Jeneary, a retired dentist from LeMars, who introduced and managed the bill.
Joining the IDA in supporting this law are the American Association of Orthodontists, SmileDirectClub, Delta Dental of Iowa, and the Iowa Dental Board.