Orthodontics Expert Witness

Equipment used in OrthodonticsAn Orthodontics expert witness is an Orthodontist who testifies on dental malocclusion (“bad bite”) and treatments such as wires, braces, and retainers. Orthodontics is a field of Dentistry focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of dental malocclusion (“bad bite”) and misalignment. Such conditions may result from poor jaw alignment as well as crowded, missing, and extra teeth. By using a variety of devices such as wires, braces, and retainers, Orthodontists realign teeth to improve their appearance and function. To become an Orthodontist, one first complete four years of training at an accredited dental school in order to secure a DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree. The degrees are identical and allow the dentist to begin residency training in Orthodontics. Typical Orthodontic programs last 2 to 3 years and culminate in a subspecialty certificate in Orthodontics. Qualified specialists may then become eligible for certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Since Orthodontists perform non-invasive procedures that pose minimal risk, negligence claims against Orthodontists are extremely uncommon. When they occur, they may involve allegations of poor cosmetic results or injuries during Orthodontic procedures. Allegations may also involve the performance of unnecessary procedures which result in undue cost or unwarranted injury.

Orthodontics Case Matter

Whether the issues are common or complex, Elite Medical Experts aligns experts for all aspects of Orthodontic litigation and consultation, including:

  • Allegations of poor aesthetic outcomes
  • Persistent malocclusion and/or misalignment
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Root resorption
  • Improper use or placement of braces
  • Periodontal injury and disease
  • Complications of Invisalign braces
  • Wrong tooth extraction
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis for pre-existing cardiac disease
  • Informed consent

Given the range of specialized issues involved in Orthodontics, an experienced Board-Certified Orthodontic expert from a leading dental program is an absolute requirement for challenging assignments. To secure an Orthodontics expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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