Military and Braces

Posted on July 21st, 2013 by admin


If you are planning on going into the Military, such as Army, Air force, Marines, Navy, etc. than you may have to put straightening your teeth on hold.

As you know with braces you need to go in for adjustments every 3 to 5 weeks depending on your orthodontist.  We have found that by going every 3 weeks, you can expect to receive a faster braces treatment.

So if you are in the military, having braces will not work out as you won’t be able to get the adjustments.  The military has laws set for this and last time we checked those that are just coming out of braces and that must wear retainers full time also may not enlist.

There are many different types of retainers now including Invisalign that we find hard to believe that you would not be able to enlist with these.  They are virtually invisible and do not need to be adjusted.

There are permanent retainers that are usually mounted on the bottom row teeth, behind the teeth that are allowed in the military.  These retainers are permanently placed behind the front teeth to hold them from shifting.  They are highly effective and are usually worn in addition to upper retainers.


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