Permanent Retainer

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  1. BDHuff09

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    I have a permanent wire retainer on the inside side of my bottom 6 front teeth. In the PTR packet it says that one cannot enter the academy with any active orthodontics unless they have a waiver. During dodmerb I checked the box that said "current orthodontics" but was never disqualified. The retainer requires no maintenance and I should conceivably not have to take it out until my early to mid 20's. Should I have it removed prior to I-day just to be safe, or will I be okay with keeping it in? I've had to get a waiver already for another issue, and would prefer not to put things in jeopardy by asking for another one IF my retainer would be disqualifying.
     
  2. River3434

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    My daughter had a permanent retainer in high school so I understand what your talking about. Just my opinion, but I'd remove it. Know they are expensive. Really sucks but I think it's gonna cause you a problem come I day.
     
  3. ND_Candidate

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    I'm in the exact same situation. I'm going to call number listed in the PTR packet and see what they say. Worse comes to worse I have to get it taken out.
     
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    DD (Class of 2017) has the same type of permanent retainer behind her bottom teeth, and it caused no problems on I-Day. The key word here is "active," which implies the need for ongoing regular appointments for maintenance, etc.
     
  6. USAFA83GradWife

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    my DD also has a permanent retainer and was told it wouldn't be a problem.
     
  7. afrotc16

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    Officially I think it would be fine, but here's what happened to me: I had a permanent retainer but the glue broke off of one of my teeth so that tooth moved. After it happened a second time, I switched to a removable one that I just wear at night. But that tooth never could get moved back to where it was supposed to. I'd recommend seeing if you can get a removable one because it would be a pain to have to get it fixed if it broke/glue came off while at USNA.
     
  8. cajost

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    Thank you Ostermom and gradwife-

    That was exactly what I was thinking. My daughter has a permanent retainer and we are not having it removed prior to I-Day because it is not "active".

    She asked a bunch of the students there via social media and several came in with one.
     
  9. Craig

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    Get an official response from the proper authorities so your question is documented and responded to my an official. General Rule of Thumb - Your medical situation is your own and may treated differently than the one in line before you.
     
  10. USAFA83GradWife

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    Always good advice!

    Here's what the appointee manual says for USAFA. I suspect its the same for USNA, but as Craig said, double-check it.

    "Active orthodontic appliances are a disqualifying condition" ... "All orthodontic treatment must be completed, devices removed, and retainers (if indicated) in place prior to entering the Academy."
     
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    Just got off the phone with the staff orthodontist at the Naval Academy, was told that a permanent retainer is, "all good", and that on I-Day it will be entered in my file that I have a permanent retainer.
     
  12. cajost

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    YEAH!!!! :thumb:
     
  13. BDHuff09

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    Thank you all for the information!
     
  14. usa95

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    I used to have a permanent retainer and the wire would occasionally come unglued and painfully poke my cheek. I recently went to my orthodontist and he took it off and gave me a removable retainer for about $80 I believe. Hopefully USNA will allow my parents to mail me both my removable retainers and use them during PS.
     
  15. Vista123

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    my son brought his removable retainers to plebe summer on Iday and wore then at night. no worries.
     

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