What can I do if I have had braces on for 13 years and there is no end in sight to my treatment?

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What can I do if I have had braces on for 13 years and there is no end in sight to my treatment?

It was written by my orthodontist that my term of braces would be 1 1/2-2 years. I am now going on 13 years. I have only missed on appointment. I do not have an occlusion and my midlines aren’t lined up. I have asked when the braces will come off and he said he doesn’t know. I have tried to get a second opinion but all the orthodontists in town won’t see me because of the length of time I have had the braces on. They don’t want to be liable.

Asked on September 11, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Then I think that it may be time to seek help from an attorney.  The attorney should be able to send you to an orthodontist for the limited service of an evaluation, which would not worry them about liability.  They will also be able to get a copy of your records and help you file a claim with the state licensing agency if appropriate.  If you are part of an insurance plan then the plan may be able to help (with a little coaxing from the attorney) in getting things done.  Good luck.


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