I have been going to my orthodontist for my braces for almost 2 years now. a few months ago i found out that he is not actually a orthodontist but is only a regular dentist. i think this is legal but he certainly did not tell me upright when i agreed to receiving treatment that he was not an actual licensed orthodontist. im pretty sure none of his patients know that he is only a dentist. he also never told me how long i would have my braces on even though i asked him REPEATEDLY. for the past 6 months or more my teeth have looked exactly the same. I signed a contract in the beginning that said that they did not promise to make my teeth perfect but that doesnt mean that they can take my money and do NOTHING. i really want a refund. some help please
Personal Injury Lawyer
Your current dentist must have done something that fell below the standard of care for you to have any damages. You need to have your braces examined by an orthodontist, and if they find anything wrong them you need to talk with a local dental malpractice attorney.
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Administrative Law Lawyer
What does the sign on his office door say? if it says DDS, then you knew.
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Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
To be successful, a claim for medical malpractice must have substandard care and then actual injury directly resulting from that substandard care... if a poser dentist (posing like an orthodontist) does orthodontics just like a real grown up orthodontist, then he or she will not likely be found liable for medical negligence... that said, the plaintiff could take a bite out of the defendant poser though suit for advertising violations, fraud, breach of contract, and other such claims. Plus, the dental board would not flash a bright smile upon such crooked behavior, and possibly even extract this poser's license.
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