Cosmetics at West Point

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by PFC Turner, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. PFC Turner

    PFC Turner Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2015
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    1
    Hey guys, quick post. Just wondering if the academy offered any kind of eye surgeries or if cadets could pursue orthodontist treatment either independently or through the academy. Thanks
     
  2. mom3boys

    mom3boys Parent

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,886
    Likes Received:
    231
    After cow commitment, there will be a brief about corrective eye surgery and you can begin the process to see if you qualify. If the WP dentist deems orthodontics necessary, you will be referred.
     
  3. nigel

    nigel Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Messages:
    124
    Likes Received:
    10
    I don't think I would call either of those things cosmetic, or even cosmetic procedures.
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    2,153
    Likes Received:
    113
    Actually both of those are considered cosmetic the vast majority of the time in adults.

    Refractive eye surgery is cosmetic 99% of the time. The military does it because of the benefits provided in an operational setting. Orthodontic treatment is cosmetic unless it is correcting a functional problem, which isn't very common in adults.
     
    PFC Turner likes this.
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    2,153
    Likes Received:
    113
    And just realized I didn't even answer OP's question.

    Yes, you can get refractive surgery at West Point. The orthodontic treatment will only be provided if medically necessary.
     
  6. PFC Turner

    PFC Turner Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2015
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    1
    Great. Thanks all
     
  7. Sabs F

    Sabs F Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2015
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    1
    What if you have a problem like TMJ and need jaw surgery? Would they pay for that? Also, what about getting dental implants if you have missing teeth?
     
  8. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2014
    Messages:
    1,385
    Likes Received:
    1,032
    I don't know about USMA, but I imagine it would be similar to the Coast Guard Academy which states the following as a DQ:

    Dental: History of TMJ. Candidates must have sufficient teeth, natural or artificial, in functional occlusion to ensure satisfactory incision and mastication. Five or more teeth with multi-surface caries must be corrected prior to arrival. Current orthodontic appliances for continued treatment are disqualifying. Retainer appliances are permissible, provided all active orthodontic treatment has been satisfactorily completed

    source: http://www.cga.edu/admissions2.aspx?id=83
     
  9. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Messages:
    2,153
    Likes Received:
    113
    There is a difference between things that are present prior to arriving for which one would need medical waivers or possibly be disqualified from enrolling AND those things that come up while already in. If these things occur AFTER your arrival to WP or any of the services your health will be taken care of.
     

Share This Page