Boy Sues His Orthodontist After Having Braces On for 11 Years

After being a brace-face for 11 years, an Oregon teen is suing his orthodontist

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For any kid, finding out you need braces is seriously bad news, but it’s news that parents try to temper by explaining that the orthodontics will only be on for a year or two. And think of the payoff: straight teeth! With that in mind, parents of kids with braces may want to burn this article after reading, because an Oregon teen is suing his orthodontist for leaving his braces on for eleven years.

Devin Bost of Oregon says his orthodontist, Brad Chvatal, D.M.D., put braces on him when he was just seven years old. The braces remained there through periodic check-ups until Bost reportedly got a frantic phone call from the orthodontist’s office when he was 18 and the braces were quickly removed.

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Dr. John F. Buzzatto, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, told ABC News that, “Kids typically wear braces for only 1 to 3 years.” For somebody to wear braces for 11 years would be “extremely unusual,” Buzzatto said, adding that, “[He] could not think of an instance where that would be the case.” Bost, now 22, is turning to the court to help get to the bottom of the mystery and hopefully get restitution for his pain, suffering, and what Bost believes are permanent injuries to his teeth, mouth and gums. According to the lawsuit, Bost suffered from serious tooth decay and periodontal disease because of his eleven-year battle with the alignment devices.

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When Chvatal was contacted by ABC News, he cited medical privacy rules when declining to discuss the details of the case. He did add that it was “very complicated.” He also claimed that Bost moved to another town while under his care, a claim Bost denies.

According to the report on ABC News, Bost’s complaint, filed Friday in Multnomah County circuit court, seeks $150,000 for pain and suffering, plus $35,100, which Bost’s attorney, David Hollander, said is what his client has had to pay for corrective oral surgery and related expenses. Anyone who has ever suffered trying to eat caramel or apples with braces recognizes that this requested payout might be a low.

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55 comments
AverageJoe2
AverageJoe2

There is a serious problem with the patient and the patient's family. If you have braces for more than 4 years, there is something wrong with you, not with your teeth. The reason could be you are a ptient that comes to appointments whenever you want, you want to be seen fast even when you didn't have an appointment, you kept breaking braces eating hard food, you didn't wear your elastics as you were supposed because "it hurts" You sissy.

ali.elk7
ali.elk7

I've had mine for 6 years already, (11 to 17) but my mouth was badly messed up. I needed surgery because of my jaw and my teeth still aren't perfectly straight. Thankfully I won't have them for 11 years though, that's just messed up. 

diddlybop
diddlybop

good. i hope the kid got his braces off. dentists don't deserve to be called human beings.

Aquilagrande
Aquilagrande

I had orgodontics. I had it on for only 9 months, but it made great changes. Still I know that this should not have happend at all. I did not need those changes, and i whish it naver had been done. Orthodtitsts oversell their service many times and do more harm than good.

leahb.johnson44
leahb.johnson44

Did this guy win? because i have had my braces on for 11 years as well and have the same exact problems as this guy....premanant root damage and tooth decay. Even after everything i cant even fix my teeth because my orthodontist screwed them up so much. I have went to other orthdontists, oral surgeons, dentists, they all dont understand way my orthodontist kept them on for 11 years. I want to sue but i dont know how i go about it. :(

BillShields
BillShields

11 years?! Holy...I'm pretty sure I would have a problem with my

<a href="http://www.arapahoeorthodontics.com">orthodontist in Aurora</a> if he had tried something like that. That is just cruel and unusual punishment.

tommyjohnson1956
tommyjohnson1956

Wow, that is amazing! I only had my braces on for 3 years and I had enough.  I feel bad for someone who had them on longer than that.  Do you happen to know of any good orthodontists in edmonton canada?

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SamuelSatter
SamuelSatter

Funyn how a truck load of cash suddenly makes everything OK lol.

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orthodontic supplies
orthodontic supplies

Yes, i agree with you. It is also the responsibility of the patient to to keep some information about the treatment he is receiving.

thatwave
thatwave

Did he somehow forget that they had been on 11 years? Lose his ability to ask why? Get a second opinion? This "victim" needs to take some responsibility.

hankbask
hankbask

Perhaps the kids family couldnt affort to keep up with the payments. Knowing this, the orthodontist refused to adjust the braces, and others refused to remove them for fear of stepping on the original ortho's toes. Not every doctor knows his stuff. We had one who when was told that our sons teeth were going crooked again after the braces came off, refused to install a retainer. The old coot was about 86 years old and thought his old ways never had to be updated.

Dental Implants
Dental Implants

Wow 11 years! Just WOW! I'm wondering why the child didn't question this either? Most people will keep their braces on for 2-3 years max. This is undoubtedly a familial issue. 

Dental Implants
Dental Implants

Wow 11 years! that's insane! Most people will keep their braces on for a max of 2-3 years. I'm wondering why the child didn't question this either??

talicia
talicia

of course, it's always somebody else's fault.  no common sense.  blame god, blame society, blame the goverment...blah blah blah

Alastes
Alastes

Stupid parents are stupid

AmyLynn714
AmyLynn714

I can sympathize with this. I had my braces on for 7 years! I never would've thought to sue over it, but they definitely did permanent damage to two of my teeth. And we did ask the dentist why I still had to wear braces even though my teeth had straightened after the 3rd year, and his answer was that I had an over bite (I do, but it's very minor and the 4 extra years of braces did nothing to change it). I wound up taking the braces off myself and just stopped going to the dentist because I was so afraid he'd put them back on.

Amanda Moncelle
Amanda Moncelle

Why would you put braces on a child who still has some of their baby teeth?

chelseajohnn
chelseajohnn

I think that I would have had a serious talk with the orthodontist after the third and fourth year.  I only had my braces on for about two years.  I can't believe that this boy and his family would tolerate this.  It will be interesting to see what happens in this law suit.

Zitherbell
Zitherbell

This is a very common problem; the dentist will keep the braces on until the insurance money runs out, until the payment plan ends or until money is no longer coming in from the braces.  Everyone I know who had braces only got them off after repeatedly hassling the dentist to take them off.  Dentist have been pulling the teeth of children on Medicaid just to bill the hours.  In the time this kid had those braces Invisalign was invented; think of all the pain he could have been spared.  No one should ever get braces again; go with the Invisalign and force orthondists to upgrade their 75 year old business model.

PaoloBernasconi
PaoloBernasconi

ok, yes, the dentist is incompetent ... but the teen and his parent aren't much brighter either

Hiro
Hiro

Go to periodic appointments, and this wouldn't happen. 

When I had braces, I had to go in at least once every few months to get my bands changed, and since I was 8 when I first got them, there were adjustments every time new teeth came in (I believe I only had braces on adult teeth, so the newer teeth were slowly added in as my adult teeth came in the course of next 4 or 5 years).

If he had gone to his appointments periodically, something like "serious tooth decay and periodontal disease" would not have occurred, because the doctor would have told him to take care of his teeth better at the first signs, or have taken the braces off and sent him off to the dentist. 

Also, what was his dentist doing through all this time? Did he just not go to either?

RobertSF
RobertSF

Eleven years? Come on, the patient's family needs to assume some responsibility. Around the fifth year, someone should have asked questions or gotten second opinions. 

isis5632
isis5632

I was promnised I would have my braces off for high school prom,  the day of removal I was told six more months.  I went home took them off with pliers.   I get loads of compliments on how pretty, so whatever dentist was trying to accomplish over those six months did not matter

FLDMD51
FLDMD51

It appears that what might have happened was that this boy failed to keep his regular appointments.  No orthodontist I know deliberately leaves braces on for that length of time.  Treatment can certainly go on over a period of time, however, it would have been done in stages, where the braces would have been periodically removed while waiting for other permanent teeth to come in.  AND...at age 7 - this boy did NOT have all his permanent teeth. 

Braces do NOT cause someone's teeth to decay down to the gums, as was stated in another article.  Inadequate home care (lack of proper brushing and flossing) and a high sugar intake (Mountain Dew, Snickers, cookies, etc...) is responsible for the decay, and this boy's parents also have to assume a LOT of the responsibility for his problems.  Lack of attention, concern and failure to observe what was going on in this boy's mouth are the fault of the parents!

  I'm fairly confident that Dr. Chvatal's staff made every reasonable attempt to contact this boy and his parents to get them to continue treatment.  They should NOT be held responsible for trying to track down someone who has moved or changed their phone number.  Ultimately, I blame the parents for not being more involved in their son's health and welfare and making the effort to continue with his orthodontic care.

dm0
dm0

this story has no teeth