Ethical and legal considerations on professional liability of the orthodontist

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Edition V17N06 | Year 2012 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 146 to 153

Luiz Renato Paranhos , Eduardo De Novaes Benedicto , Mário Marques Fernandes , Dagmar De Paula Queluz , Eduardo Daruge , Fernando César Torres

Introduction: After the enactment of Law 8078, of September 11, 1990, the Consumers Defense Code implied important alterations in Brazil?s legal scenario, providing a greater balance in the relationship between consumers and service providers. From this law, dental surgeons came to establish a consumer relationship with their clients.
Objective: Due to the ethical and legal issues against the dental professionals, this work makes general considerations about the nature of the dentist´s obligation in services, specifically in Orthodontics.
Conclusion: The responsibility of the professional shall be restricted to predictable risks and undertaken obligations. When the professional warns the client in a correct, clear and express manner, it will lower the chances of being later charged.

Professional practice, Legal liability, Legal system,

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