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Waukesha woman accused of performing dentistry without a license

April 03, 2014
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By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

April 03, 2014 0

A 36-year-old Waukesha woman has been charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, a felony, and practicing dentistry without a license after she improperly installed braces on a 13-year-old boy inside her home.

The boy subsequently complained of pain in his teeth and that his gums were bleeding, according to a criminal complaint.

One of the brackets in the braces came loose within two hours of the appointment in March 2013, one of the boy's parents told a police officer.

An adult patient who suffered permanent tooth damage from braces installed by the woman was not willing to seek charges against her, the complaint says.

Noemi N. Aguilera, of 1517 S. Grand Ave., did not have sterilization equipment in the residence and told an officer that she did not think it was necessary to sterilize braces or tools used in the work. She bought her supplies off the Internet, Aguilera told police.

Aguilera, also known as Noemi Lares, collected cash payments for the work, the complaint says. She charged $350 for the initial installation.

The discount price attracted customers and she worked on as many as 10 patients a day, she told officers.

Those appointments also included her attempts to adjust braces previously installed.

Aguilera would ask patients to lie on a couch while she attached brackets to their teeth with cement and tied them together with wire.

When the boy's parents took him to the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic a few months after the braces were installed, a dentist found loose and improperly attached brackets and excess cement under the boy's gums.

The cement was causing inflammation, bleeding and pain, the complaint says.

"If the cement had not been removed when it was, it could have resulted in periodontal abscesses and bone loss," the complaint says in quoting a clinic dentist.

Aguilera previously worked as an assistant in a dental office, according to the complaint.

She attempted to become a certified orthodontic assistant three times but failed the test each time before setting up her illegal practice.

Aguilera is scheduled to appear before Waukesha County Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper at 8:15 a.m. Monday.

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Don Behm reports on Milwaukee County government, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the environment and communities in southeastern Wisconsin. He has won reporting awards for investigations of Great Lakes water pollution, Milwaukee's cryptosporidiosis outbreak, and the deaths of three sewer construction workers in a Menomonee Valley methane explosion.

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