Permanent dental retainer?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Ash891, Mar 5, 2014.

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  1. Hi, I had a dental brace removed last year and have since been using a removable retainer.

    However since a couple of teeth haven't set in place, I visited the orthodontics and an offer was made to fit a permanent bonded retainer (a piece of metal attached behind your teeth out of sight)

    Before I go ahead with getting this fitted I just want to make sure it wouldn't be a bar to entry as I join in April - if anyone could shed any light?

    It is my understanding that when the retainer is fitted, that's it, it will require no further attention.


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  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Definitely wait for a definitive answer from one of our resident medical experts - don't go off other peoples experiences as you'll have conflicting information.

    Good luck.
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  3. As ninja says wait for a proper answer but I have had one for around 15 years and 8 of those have been in the Navy. When you say it requires no attention its not actually true as it does come loose every now and again. Mine actually needs fixing again now as I caught it with floss the other night.
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  4. Just thought I'd ask as I was turned away when wearing a 'fixed' brace two years ago, but I guess that's because it would possibly need adjustments/specialists.


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  5. I agree with AD, as it will be classed as a permanent fix. From my knowledge, it shouldn't be treated any different to a crown or bridge. I wouls strongly suggest that if you have the treatment, obtain a letter from the Orthodontist detailing what it is etc. As you are expecting to join in April, I would seek advice from the Medical Manager at Naval Recruiting, who may ask a Service Dentist.

    The reason I suggest the above is that if during basic training your retainer becomes detached the treatment options are limited, as in it will be removed. This is because there is no Service Orthodontic provision and, more importantly, no time in the training to alow you to visit your Orthodontist to get it fixed meaning you will have wasted yours, or the NHS's money.

    Ask the questions sooner rather than later!

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  6. I used to see an RN Orthodontist at Hasler. It was some years ago. Would be a shame to know they has cut all this from the RN.
  7. Not trying to say your wrong as you are a Dr and don't want to step on your toes.
    But mine did come loose in training and has done several times since the dentist simply just sticks it back on.
  8. Afternoon Danny,

    Always happy to be corrected, as somethings get done in training that aren't advertised. My experiences came from a previous Senior Dentist at Raleigh, who was talking about Orthodontics. In this case, the fixed retainer may be simpler to fix as it isn't a wire or clip.


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  9. I forgot about our Army colleague, but I think this Service may be one of those made redundant in the last tranch. Folk from my current Unit are being told they will be referred to a civilian specialist. I even remember the RN having specialists like this.

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  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hmmn, dentists and superglue bring back happy memories of Raleigh.
  11. Thanks for the info all - I'll give the AFCO a quick call before booking the procedure.

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  12. Obviously I can only speak from my own experience but it has only ever come loose on one tooth at a time. I think it would take a force that would probably remove entire teeth to loosen it on more than one at a time. Has always been a quick 5 minute job to just stick it back on.
  13. Nice to know even dentists use HBM :)
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