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Lawsuit: Braces Left On For 11 Years
« on: 29. August 2012, 04:15:20 AM »
Lawsuit: Braces Left On For 11 Years

August 28, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.

PORTLAND, Ore.,  (UPI) –  An Oregon 18-year-old is suing an orthodontist over permanent injuries he says were a result of wearing braces for 11 years.

Devin Bost’s Multnomah County circuit court complaint against Brad Chvatal alleges the orthodontist caused injuries to his teeth, mouth and gums by having him wear braces for 11 years, ABC News reported Tuesday.
David Hollander, Bost’s attorney, said the suit is seeking $35,100, the amount Bost had to pay for corrective oral surgery and other procedures, and $150,000 for pain and suffering.

Chvatal said he could not discuss the specifics of the case due to confidentiality rules, but the situation was “very complicated.”

John Buzzatto, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, said braces are typically worn for 1 to 3 years. He said he “could not think of an instance” where someone would need to wear the braces for 11 years.

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Re: Lawsuit: Braces Left On For 11 Years
« Reply #1 on: 29. August 2012, 05:17:21 AM »
Man Sues Orthodontist For Allegedly Leaving Braces On Him For 11 Years
August 28, 2012
An orthodontist is accused of leaving braces on an Oregon youth for 11 years in a lawsuit.

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS SEATTLE) – An orthodontist is accused of leaving braces on a patient for 11 years. Devin Bost, 22, filed a lawsuit against orthodontist Brad Chvatal, D.M.D, complaining of permanent tooth, mouth and gum injuries sustained from having braces from age 7 all the way through to 18.

According to The Oregonian, the complaint was filed Friday in Multnomah County circuit court and seeks $150,000 for pain and suffering, plus $35,100 for what Bost’s attorney – David Hollander – says his client has paid in corrective oral surgery and similar expenses. “What I’m told by the experts is, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t keep them on that long. It’s just not done,” Hollander told The Oregonian. “Some of Bost’s teeth will need to be yanked out and replaced with implants.”

Braces are typically worn for only 1 to 3 years, says Dr. John F. Buzzatto, president of the American Association of Othodontists, which, according to him, is the oldest and largest dental specialty organization in the world. But according to Hollander, yanking Bost’s teeth is not possible in some areas of his mouth because the teeth have rotted through to the jaw. His client has racked up more than $35,000 in dental bills so far. He had to seek the expertise of one of the nation’s top dentists in Boston because the damage is so extensive.

Orthodontist Brad Chvatal has been licensed with the Oregon Board of Dentistry since 1997, according to his website. Chvatal told The Oregonian on Monday that he couldn’t have treated Bost until 2002, which, he said, is when he became licensed as an orthodontist specialization. He said he is proud of the work he does for his patients. “We have the utmost respect for them and empathy, and treat them — everybody — with the best quality care as we possibly can,” Chvatal told The Oregonian. He declined to comment further, citing patient privacy laws.

Much of the debate between the two parties deals with timing and visit consistency. According to the suit, Bost started visiting Chvatal in August 1997, after another orthodontist installed his braces. Bost visited periodically, although probably not as often as he should have, Hollander said. Suddenly, in June 2008, Bost “received an urgentphone call from (Chvatal’s office) that he needed to have the braces removed immediately,” the lawsuit states.

As far as length of time, the lawsuit doesn’t fault Chvatal for treating Bost at such an early age. Given the braces timeline stated in the lawsuit, Bost spent most of elementary, and all of middle school and high school with braces on.

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Re: Lawsuit: Braces Left On For 11 Years
« Reply #2 on: 30. August 2012, 05:20:52 AM »
A German article about this

http://anonym.to/?http://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/kieferorthopäden-verklagt--verfaulte-zähne-nach-11-jahren-zahnspange.html

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Re: Lawsuit: Braces Left On For 11 Years
« Reply #3 on: 05. September 2012, 11:57:05 AM »
I wore braces for 11 years… not consecutively, but 3 separate times.