Temporary Braces

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by jbishsta, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. jbishsta

    jbishsta Member

    Apr 16, 2012
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    I recently fractured the alveolar bone in my jaw, and am wearing temporary braces on my lower teeth. I know nobody can tell me how much of an issue this is, but if anyone could offer guidance as to whether I should try to wait until the temporary braces are off (about a month) before I have my DoDMERB exam that would be great. Thanks.
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

    Jun 9, 2006
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    It really doesn't make that much difference when you schedule the exam. If your braces are still on, I would expect that -- once they are removed and you are "fully healed" -- DODMERB would request you provide medical records to demonstrate they're removed and some indication from your oral surgeon/dentist that the condition has been remediated. It should be a very straightforward process if all went well.

    If I were you, I'd get the medical done sooner rather than later. You may find there are other issues (maybe even unknown to you) that require longer remediation. If that's the case, the sooner you can get started on those, the better.
  3. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Nov 28, 2007
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    Every yr on this site there are candidates that never thought they would have a medical issue, only to be informed that according to DoDMERB they do. Some waivers can take weeks, and some can take months, especially if they must go through more medical testing.


    Have you received paperwork to get an exam? If so, it should not only state the docs you can go to, but also the drop dead date of by when it must occur.

    You can't just go to any doc and have a physical done, you need the SA/ROTC side to generate the paperwork

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