EUGENE, Ore. -- After spending over half his life in braces, a former Eugene resident is suing his orthodontist for close to $200,000.
Devin Bost, 22, filed a complaint against Dr. Brad A. Chvatal on Friday, Aug. 24.
KVAL News tried to interview Bost, his attorney and Dr. Chvatal, to no avail.
In the complaint, Bost says he started treatment in 1997, wore braces for 11 years, and had permanent injury to his teeth, mouth and gums when they came off in 2008.
Bost says in the lawsuit that Dr. Chvatal neglected to inform him about the damage that the braces caused during the regular checkups throughout the treatment. He is also suing for the dental care he needed to repair some of the damage to his teeth.
Bost says that he received an urgent call from the Chvatal Orthodontics office stating that he needed to have the braces removed immediately, according to the lawsuit. Bost had his braces removed in early June of 2008 and says that Dr. Chvatal did not inform him about the damages to his teeth at that time, the lawsuit says.
The complaint says that Bost learned from an unnamed source that his orthodontic treatment should have only taken two or three years and alleges that having the braces on for the extended length of time was the cause for Bost's damaged teeth. Bost is suing Dr. Chvatal's offices for the $35,000 in dental work he spent to fix his teeth and for $150,000 in pain and suffering from the incident.
Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator for Lane Community College Sharon Hagan told KVAL News that orthodontists and their practitioners usually work diligently with patients on how to properly care for their braces at home.
"At the LCC Dental Center they have plenty of information available for patients on dental hygiene," she said. "They say it's their responsibility to provide this information, but it's the patients responsibility to take their advice."