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Old 08-02-2009, 03:00 AM   #1
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Orthodontics at sea

I may be worrying too much.... We're sailing in October and my daughter has just gotten a new orthodontic appliance and it's come loose a couple of times and we've had to go back to the orthodontist to get it "glued" back onto her teeth. They've finally sent it back to be re-made, but she's due to have it re-installed next week. My biggest fear is setting out on Saturday and having the thing come loose on Sunday and not having any way to get it fixed. She has a Herbst appliance, and when it comes loose, it's quite awkward and makes eating almost impossible. Does anyone know if the medical staff on board can handle minor dental emergencies if needed? Or should I pack some Gorilla Glue just in case?
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:10 AM   #2
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My son has a lot of orthodontia, and we went to Disney a month after he got it all on. He kept having wires coming loose, so I asked my ortho what we should do. She suggested I buy the tool she used to cut/ reattatch the wire. I did, and although I didn't have to use it at Disney, I have had to use it since then. When we werent' able to get to the ortho right awaY.
I recomend you talk to your TA and find out if they could handle the fix, then talk to ortho about what to do if it comes loose, your ortho migh teach you how to do it like my ortho did.

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Old 08-03-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
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Well I´ve used fixed orthondotics appliance for a couple of years in an older age, so I´ve travelled and dealed with it myself. After a while we learn how to push and pull the metal part in order to (at least) not bother if it got loose. I carried some "plastic rubber" (I do not know the word for that stuff) and put on the bothering part.
Once I was abroad and it got loose, two metal part going just out my mouth....something similar to "vampire teeth" LOL
I did not have anything to work with, so I picked up my hand scissor, and use it like a tool to cut the metal, then I twisted in order to hide it. Of course I ruined the function but it worked well enought to continue the travelling....when I returned I booked an "emergency apointment" and the dentist fixed it. LOL
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Just make sure you and your child discuss foods onboard. Since you're probably not going to be around your son too much, make sure there's a clear understanding of what to avoid eating that might loosen those braces. As a father of a 16 year old with braces, I know all too well what can happen!
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You should be really concerned about your dental health as well as looks because a good personality will be projected if you have beautiful looking teeth. Well, I also got the dental whitening treatment to remove all of the yellow stains. I chose dentist Manhattan Beach for this treatment and very happy with the results.
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