Opinion, please

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Whwaldo
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Opinion, please

#1 Post by Whwaldo » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:39 pm

Long story short: (***Full story on my blog: [url]http://waldomouth.blogspot.com/[/url] )

I just completed 18 months of active treatment and refinements, with existing veneers on my top front teeth. It went quite smoothly. Never a problem with Invisalign in general, nor the veneers in particular, though I know there was a risk of damage to the veneers. Though they did not look perfect, they were serviceable, and I decided to keep them for another year to avoid another big expense.

Ortho and I decided upon Essix retainers made in office instead of Vivera retainers from Invisalign or fixed retainers. I insert the upper, it feels tight, he says it is supposed to be tight, I push it in, and my veneers promptly crack off. :evil: Going to cost me near $7,000 to replace them :FeelSick: .

So - the opinion part - :?: was it ortho's fault, and if so, should he pay for all or part of my new veneers? I say he bears some responsibility (maybe not 100%, but 50% or 25%) :jump: , he says he is 0% responsible :ThumbsDown: .

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Re: Opinion, please

#2 Post by DrJasonKTam » Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:34 pm

Tough situation. A bit late now, but we advise our patients to have veneers placed after all orthodontic treatment is completed.

If you signed the consent for treatment, there is something on the Invisalign form mentioning possible damage to veneers and crowns. While this came from an essix retainer, it is still part of your overall Invisalign treatment.

Also, it is going to be difficult to say unequivocally that the essix itself caused the breakage. The veneer could have been compromised during tooth movement with the aligners, or there could have been an issue with the way the essix was forced up over the teeth.

Hope you can come to a suitable solution.
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Re: Opinion, please

#3 Post by myhollywoodsmile » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:04 am

I think unfortunately you are going to have to wear that bill. After all you have gone through with Invisalign, you will struggle to prove that it was negligence by your dentist.

I too have a crown and have to replace it which isn't cheap. I was however warned about that upfront and that it wouldn't survive the process intact. (it's on my front teeth)

So sorry to hear that you are going to have a huge bill though....

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