Current Orthodontics Appliances?

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  1. ConfusedCadet

    ConfusedCadet New Member

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    I have a permanent retainer on the back of my front teeth. I've seen that most of the questions regarding about orthodontics is about braces but how about a permanent retainer? Should I check yes in current orthodontics? I know that permanent retainers are permissible but I'm not sure what to check under current orthodontics.
     
  2. Pima

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    Interesting question, but I wouldn't check it as orthodontic. The reason why is you are not an orthodontic patient anymore. You are not going for annual check-ups.

    The second reason why is our kids have it too, and one time the bar came loose, the dentist re-cemented the bar, not the orthodontist.

    Just my opinion, on how I would answer that question.
     
  3. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Unfortunately I cannot find the DoDMERB standards/guidelines file. But as far as I remember, as long as it is not an ACTIVE treatment (ie. it is not moving anything, but rather just holding in place), it is not considered orthodontics.

    But I would call them to be sure.
     
  4. ConfusedCadet

    ConfusedCadet New Member

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    Found out that current orthodontics appliances means if it is something that requires you to have an orthodontist to check on it frequently. I haven't seen an orthodontist for three years so it's all good.
     

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