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General Dentist Doing Invisalign Treatment Beware Consumers

Some time ago I posted the article I wrote below on my site:

General dentist V. Orthodontic specialist as your Invisalign provider: Link to article: Think Twice.

Subsequently, I published a press release about potential harm befalling you when you choose a general dentist rather
than an orthdontist to do your invisalign bite correction treatment

PRESS RELEASE 3:  July 12, 2011 http://www.prweb.com/http://www.prweb.com//releases/Invisalign/DrTedRothstein/prweb8627562.htm

Specialist in Orthodontics Dr. Ted Rothstein Alerts Public to Rising Levels of Substandard Invisalign
Treatment by Insufficiently Trained General Dentists

An orthodontist since 1976, Dr. Rothstein, has composed a list of "due diligence" hard-hitting questions for the would-be Invisalign patient to ask the dental professional--forewarned is forearmed.

On April 21, 2012 I received a communication from Monica G. from B. California who who asked me for some advice. She had gone to a general dentist
for Invisalign treatment and ended treatment with "no bite" and was wondering what she should do now.  You can read the dialogue between Monica and myself
to see what I advised her to do, and what you can do when you make the error of choosing an incompetent general dentist to do your Invisalign treatment
and the result ends in making your bite worse than it was at the start of your Invisalign treatment:

In a message dated 4/21/2012 3:53:58 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, monicagxxxxxxx48@yahoo.com writes:

MONICA:

Hello, I saw a posting from you in regards to invisilign.

I have been in them for over 3 years. 

I was told 6 months.

I just had a little crowding on the bottom of my teeth I wanted straight.

I'm 46, so assumed my teeth would just get worse and wanted to stop that progression with age.

I have had a nightmare experience.  I did everything I was told and yet was given every excuse in the book for why I'm wrong and my teeth are fine.

I have completely lost my bite.  Now my teeth hit in two places and just stop.  It is awkward to eat.

I don't want to take out my last set if invisilign because it is so awkward when my teeth touch.

Yes, my teeth are straight, but never in a million years did I think I would lose my bite and the ability for my teeth to touch when I eat.

My teeth are just going to get worse when I take out the invisilign because of how they connect the wrong way.

Any suggestions on what I can do?

From: "Drted35@aol.com" <Drted35@aol.com>
To: monicaxxxxxxxx48@yahoo.com
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: Monica Gxxxxxxx: have no bite after 3 yrs Invisalign treatment
 
monicagxxxxxxx48@yahoo.com

DRTED:

 Dear Monica,

I will provide you with a free consultation. Please call for an appointment.  Cc: staff

PS have your molds and x-rays sent to me.

In a message dated 4/21/2012 6:09:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, monicagxxxxxxxx48@yahoo.com writes:

MONICA:
I apologize for my lack of clarity, I'm in Bakersfield, CA.

From: "Drted35@aol.com" <Drted35@aol.com>
To: monicagxxxxxxx48@yahoo.com
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2012 1:12 AM
Subject: Re: Monica Gxxxxxxx: Have no bite after 3 yrs Invisalign treatment
 
DRTED:
File a complaint with  Kern County District Dental Society:
Kern County Dental Society
Welcome. 1701 Westwind Drive, Ste 109. Bakersfield CA 93301 (661) 327-2666 kcds@lightspeed.net. The dentist members of the. Kern County Dental Society ...
 
I assure you  they will pay attention and the doctor who treated you if he has harmed you will by duly sanctioned,

MONICA: 

Thank-you, I would have never known to do this.

The Dentist was just out of his league.  I don't think he was "maliciouse" in any way.  He knew nothing to do but put the blame on me as being "unrealistic" in my expectations.  I know enough to understand that losing my bite is unacceptable.  All the Dentist could do is give me another set of trays - to shut me up for another six months - only to have the same results.  Invisilign can straighten teeth, but not correct a self-inflicted bite problem. 

My biggest mistake - going to a Dentist instead of an Orthodontist.

My dentist sent me to a well respected orthodontist in Bakersfield and the Ortho thought I was being silly and he had never had a problem with invisilign.  Yet, at one time when an xray place put a certain film in my teeth it was easily seen my teeth are hitting in two small places and not connecting at all in the full bite - yet I'm out of line.

I will file a formal complaint as you state, and I want my bite fixed by invisilign, and I want others to know that this "can" happen.

Thanks,

 

Ted Rothstein DDS PhD  
Specialist in Cosmetic Orthodontics
and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Adults and Children Specialist in Orthodontic Jaw Wiring

American Association of Orthodontists
35 Remsen St., Bklyn, NY 11201
718 852 1551   www.drted.com 
drted35@aol.com
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