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Boys' Teeth Harmed By Woman Posing as Dentist, Search Warrant Says

Waukesha police investigating reports of a woman placing braces on patients from her home, according to a search warrant affidavit.

If you hear from another parent that a private dentist can put braces on your child’s teeth for less than one-fifth of the cost of other dentists, it’s probably too good to be true.

Two 12-year-old boys have recently begun experiencing pain, inflammation, bleeding and, in one case, gingivitis, after having their braces put on at a home in the 1500 block of South Grand Avenue, according to a search warrant filed Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Waukesha police were made aware of a woman practicing dentistry from the couch of her home after two patients at the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic had problems with braces being placed on their teeth by someone who did not have a license.

One patient was an adult who wished to remain anonymous. However, the parents of a 12-year-old boy told police they paid a woman $350 to put braces on their son’s teeth. The boy was to come in once a month for adjustments that cost $50, according to the search warrant.

However, after the boy had braces put on his teeth, the boy began experiencing pain in his teeth and gums, strong bad breath and moderate bleeding while he was brushing his teeth. The braces were placed on his teeth incorrectly, the search warrant affidavit states. 

The Wisconsin Independent Dentist Association reported a 12-year-old boy was experiencing problems with gingivitis after the boy’s mom paid $1,000 for the braces procedure at the Waukesha home. The braces were placed too close to the boy’s gum and not placed on all of the required teeth, the affidavit states.

A Waukesha detective called the woman and asked if she could place braces on his 11-year-old daughter’s teeth. The woman met with the detective on Aug. 22 and told the detective, who was working in an undercover capacity, that it would cost a total of $900, which is a “good price” compared to the $5,000 charge he could expect from a dentist’s office, the affidavit states.

The detective rescheduled the appointment for his daughter to Thursday, and Waukesha police served the search warrant on Wednesday.

The woman involved does not have a license to practice dentistry, according to the affidavit. 

Mr. T September 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM
How would this be handled as far as charges go? it seems from the article that the parents knew she did not have a license. I shouldn't assume, but i would guess the parents asked that question, due to the very low cost. No mention of a contractual agreement this lady had in place. However, if the parents were aware she was not licensed, wouldn't the parents be to blame? I am in no way, whatsoever, condoning un-licensed, in home dental care. I'm just curious as to whether theres some sort of legislature on this kind of thing.
Sarah Millard (Editor) September 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
The search warrant says the search was for operating as a dentist without being licensed, contrary to the state statutes. I don't have the exact language in front of me at this moment, but that is what the search warrant essentially said.
Laura September 03, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Seriously? on a couch? and these parents thought, Yes this is a good idea? what is wrong with people?
Mr. T September 03, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I see. Thank you, Sarah. If you happen to remember or get to it, more info from the warrant would be much appreciated
Carolyn Brack-Jackson September 03, 2013 at 08:50 PM
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
the 'sha guy September 03, 2013 at 09:15 PM
This story bites.
the 'sha guy September 04, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Then tell her not to put braces on kids without a license or proper facilities and care. Sounds like she has a lot more problems than worrying about whether or not news trucks show up.
Mrs. Smith September 04, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Now if she were giving Botox shots, there would be a lot more victims. Yeah - like I'd take my kid to a orthodontist who practices out of their living room.
Becky Hernan September 04, 2013 at 08:31 AM
A private dentist working from the couch of her home?!?! Shame on this lady and shame on these parents! Why would you even trust someone like this to do dental work on your child?
Matt Gamble September 04, 2013 at 08:52 AM
ah, excuse me, it's not called dentist, or orthodontist, it's called lying. Something we were all taught at a very young age is WRONG! And maybe it's just me, but while I understand your confusion and feelings of depression regarding all of this Destiny, you are young and can learn alot here. Also I'm sure the kids with the bleeding gums and sore mouth aren't very happy about it either.
Mr Lundt September 04, 2013 at 09:37 AM
We can all agree the "Orthodontist " is a criminal but what type of judgment does the mom have? Is she competent to raise a child?
@-;-'---- Rose September 04, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Lots of good comments here. I hope, if Destiny is a minor, she is taken out of that environment by CPS...and hopefully her destiny isn't already sealed. Lack of money leads some to have services done by....an unlicensed... "beautician, barber,plumber, electrician etc" in their home or yours BUT an unlicensed orthodontist putting braces on your kids teeth....ludicrous!! I hope they throw the book at all of them.
@-;-'---- Rose September 04, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Sounds like I condone the other illegal practices....NOT. I just wanted Destiny to know how serious her mother's crime is as she's taking it way too lightly and not seeing wherein the blame lies.
the 'sha guy September 04, 2013 at 12:35 PM
She should brace for a large fine, although getting the money might be like pulling teeth.
@-;-'---- Rose September 05, 2013 at 11:37 AM
@sha guy Fun-E I like some one who inserts a little humor in any serious discussion.
I'm here September 05, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I feel bad for the kids.. They both have some stupid parents... I guess little johnny health isn't worth much... (makes me think of Obamacare now). The parent(s) should be held accountable for child endangerment. As for the fake DDS...DD or DMD; pull out all her teeth...
jessesToons September 09, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Goodness, that a story, I feel really bad. How long did this go on, I think I missed that part? It's crazy how stuff like this can happen. I feel like I've been blessed with my <a href="http://www.coquitlamcentredental.com/coquitlam-family-dentistry.html">dentists in Maple Ridge</a>. But yes, you can't be too sure about who people really are these days.
Avery Schlacter October 07, 2013 at 11:21 AM
It's crazy when you hear stories like this! I've been looking for some <a href="http://www.coquitlamcentredental.com/coquitlam-family-dentistry.html">dentists in Maple Ridge</a>. You always have to be careful about what you look for.

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