Braces

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  1. usnahopeful09

    usnahopeful09 Member

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    Incoming 2022 plebe here. Going through my PTR checklist, I noticed the orthodontic waiver letter and its contents. When I was 10/11, my dentist put a few braces in behind my bottom teeth (after I had my braces taken out), and said that, barring any problems, I should leave them in permanently so they can maintain my alignment.

    On the PTR checklist, it says "if you do not have a waiver from the application process, then your braces must be removed". I'm not sure if these count as braces or not, because I had the "real" braces and had them removed already.

    What's the best course of action? Report on I-Day with them in, and see what they have to say, or get them removed?
     
  2. Zeus

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    If they are not removable they are permanent. I recommend asking the academy directly. You may need to get a waiver or you may need to get them removed before I Day. You don’t want them to find out they are there during dental exam but you do not have a waiver to keep them.
     
  3. helmsdown

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    DD has a permanent retainer behind her teeth. It was not listed on her medical forms (oversight) but noted during her dental exam at the Yard.
     
  4. usnahopeful09

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    Thank you. It’s the wire retainer, right?

    So just to clarify, it wasn’t listed on her medical records, but she reported on I-Day with them still on?

    Thank you.
     
  5. Norfolk63

    Norfolk63 BGO 5-Year Member

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    DS had his removed prior to I-Day. Did not want to risk injury or detached parts during boxing and other demands.
     
  6. helmsdown

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    Yes to all. However the post above makes sense. She had her retainer break free during softball practice when she took a bad hop to the mouth. They did cement a new one in but I could see it causing an issue during boxing or one of the many other activities you will do over the years at the Yard.
     
  7. navy2022VA

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    Not sure if the same rules apply, but my sister had and still has a permanent retainer that she reported to new cadet week with at UF NROTC. Was never a problem in her case
     
  8. Zeus

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    I feel like giving a weekend special buy one get one free here. I repeat: I recommend asking the academy directly.
     
  9. Kwl

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    My DD reported on IDay with the permanent wire behind her teeth and no issues at all. She is a rising Firstie and just had it removed as it is recommended that it be removed by the age of 21.
     
  10. usnahopeful09

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    Did she have it reported on her medical questionnaires/have a waiver for it, though? Like helmsdown's DD, I didn't report it anywhere because of oversight.
     
  11. Kwl

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    It definitely did not require a Waiver. We would have answered any questions they asked on the questionnaire, but I do know that there was no waiver process initiated. When she recently had it removed the dentist just made her a clear retainer that she can wear if she chooses to.
     
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