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Old June 20th, 2010, 08:47 PM
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Looking forward to the Explorer in July. My daughter is "graduating" from spacers to her braces the week before. Should we postpone until after the cruise or are we OK if something were to happen on the ship. Thanks
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Old June 20th, 2010, 09:03 PM
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JMHO, but I wouldn't do anything major just before any kind of vacation, including a cruise.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 09:54 PM
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Looking forward to the Explorer in July. My daughter is "graduating" from spacers to her braces the week before. Should we postpone until after the cruise or are we OK if something were to happen on the ship. Thanks
I agree with Fern. Hold off any major medical or dental work until you return home. While there is a doctor onboard the quality and knowlege varies from ship to ship.

There is not a dentist on staff.

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Old June 20th, 2010, 09:58 PM
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There is no dentist on board. The best they can do is give you a pain killer for a toothache and recommend a dentist in the next port if they know one.

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Old June 20th, 2010, 10:24 PM
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I'd ask the dentist if she can hold off another week before getting the braces. Our son recently got his braces removed. I remember when he first had them installed we had broken wires a couple times in the first two or three weeks. That can be a problem if you are on a cruise. The wax they give you isn't always a solution to blunting a sharp instrument in your mouth, and I'd sure not want to have to find an available pediatric orthodontist in Bermuda or the Caribbean. It is a specialty after all and not something any dentist can handle.
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As a former brace wearer, I personally think she will be fine. Her teeth will be sore for a couple days after having the braces put on, But by a week afterwards she should be fine. I would ask your dentist what he/she recommends doing and go with that advice. You may want to wait until after anyway so she can enjoy all the food onboard, there is some things that shouldn't be eaten with braces on. Happy cruising.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Thanks to all. Actually it will be about 10 days after. Dentist tends to think she will be fine.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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You have share good info about Dentist/Doctor and i think also that RutgersMan
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