An Oregon man who reportedly wore his braces for 11 years is now suing his orthodontist for allowing his teeth to rot, according to Good Morning America. Twenty-two-year-old Devon Bost claims that Brad Chvatal, D.M.D., allowed him to wear his braces from the time he was 7 until he turned 18, which ultimately resulted in serious oral problems. As a result, Bost is now looking to collect some money from the orthodontist in order to correct these issues.
Bost’s attorney, David Hollander, explained that spending 11 years in braces seriously harmed his client.
“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,’ ” he told The Oregonian.
For the damage done to his teeth, Bost is looking to collect $185,000 from the offending orthodontist. According to CBS News, extensive work will need to be done on the man’s mouth in order to correct the problems his braces have caused. $35,000 will reportedly go towards medical costs, while the other $150,000 will cover Bost’s pain and suffering.
Chvatal, meanwhile, said that he stands behind 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,” he explained.
However, the dentist declined to discuss the Bost case, citing patient privacy.
Although Chvatal certainly sympathizes with Bost’s plight, he claims that he couldn’t have started treating the young man in 1997. He wasn’t licensed to be an orthodontist until 2002, making treatment beforehand impossible.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children only wear braces for one to three years. Not surprisingly, spending 11 years with metal in your mouth does seem a bit excessive. Dr. John F. Buzzatto, president of the American Association of Othodontists, explained that wearing braces for that length of time would be “extremely unusual.”