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Orthodontist Sued for Leaving Braces on Patient for 11 Years

D Sharon Pruitt

Eleven years. That’s how long Devin Bost, now 22, was outfitted with braces on his teeth. We know what you’re thinking. Those must have been some crooked chompers, right? Wrong. Turns out that Bost is now suing Oregon orthodontist Brad Chvatal for $150,000, along with $35,100 in attorney fees, as compensation for surgeries and expenses related to tooth and gum problems he sustained as a result of wearing braces for half his life.

Bost wore braces from age 7 to 18. His attorney David Hollander claims that the Bost is facing extractions and implants, both painful and expensive processes. Even worse, removal of some teeth is not possible since some have rotted down to the jawbone, meaning more extensive work will be required.

Bost claims that he first visited Chvatal in August of 1997, after another ortho affixed the braces to his teeth. So while Chvatal did not install the braces — which was done at a very young age, we might add — he is the one who left them on for an inordinate amount of time.

Chvatal has a different account of their doctor-patient relationship and there are discrepancies in terms of when Bost came under Chvatal’s care and how often he was seen for regular check ups. He told The Oregonian that it’s unlikely that he treated Bost until 2002, which is when he became licensed to legally practice orthodontics as a specialty. He could not comment on the case, due to patient privacy laws.

Hollander said that his client did visit Chvatal’s office periodically, as is customary, but also admitted that Bost did not see the ortho as often as he should have. So it’d appear that Bost has some culpability in his oral hygiene (or lack thereof).

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