Retainers and the Academy?

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  1. HiMyNameisNick

    HiMyNameisNick Member

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    Im entering my senior year this year. And I am getting my braces off (FINALLY) in 2 weeks.

    And my orthodontist is giving me the option of having removable or a built-in one on the bottom. The top needs to be a removable one.

    But he said I would need to wear retainers for 2 years

    So I would like to know what the Acadmy's view on having either type of retainer..or if they allow them at all
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I believe Larry Mullen answered this one before and that the answer was that retainers were permitted. However, you might want to search the DODMERB board and/or post a message there. This is one question that I believe he is permitted to answer without a private email.
     
  3. candidsmom

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    My son is a current plebe, class of 2014. On our second phone call sunday, he said that at his dental checkup, they asked if he had a retainer. He said yes and they suggested we bring it up during PPW. They said he should still be wearing it. It is obviously a removable retainer. I have no idea what the policy is on a permanent retainer.
     
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    From the title of this thread, I though perhaps we had gone back in time 100 years and someone was asking if they could bring their personal servants (butler, steward, etc.) to USNA.
     
  5. xrunmariarunx

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    Yes, you can have a permanent one put in the bottom, where there's just a thin strip of metal behind the row of teeth or even the other type. And yes, you can have a removable retainer for the top.
     
  6. jtoye

    jtoye NAPS '12 appointee

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    On my DoDMERB remedial paperwork it said that all retainers were permissible.
     
  7. HiMyNameisNick

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    thanks for the replies everyone!

    I also contacted dodmerb, and they said that removable retainers are allowed, and that permanent ones are reviewed on a case by case basis....
     

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