CHOOSE A BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHODONTIST
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BOARD CERTIFIED
It takes dedication to make it to the top. Board certified orthodontists have committed themselves to you and your orthodontic treatment to provide the highest level of care. In addition to dental school and an accredited orthodontic program, they have successfully completed a voluntary, rigorous examination process through The American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.
WHY CHOOSE A BOARD CERTIFIED ORTHODONTIST?
Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth. Orthodontists understand the complexity of growth development and facial form. Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just movement of teeth. There’s a reason orthodontists spend additional years in a highly competitive orthodontic program – to learn and perfect their ability in the specialty. A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health check-ups, comparable to your family doctor. Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment, but they do not have the same extensive education required of an orthodontist.
A board certified orthodontist is committed to the highest level of patient care including a comprehensive treatment approach to ensure quality work. And board certified orthodontists must re-new their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to lifelong learning and excellence. Because your smile matters.
“MANY CELEBRITIES, POLITICIANS AND WELL-KNOWN MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY HAVE HAD THEIR SMILES PERFECTED AT OUR OFFICE THAT HAS BEEN OPEN SINCE 1975.”
ORTHODONTICS IS SPECIAL
There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education: college, dental school and orthodontic residency program. It can take 10 or more years of education after high school to become an orthodontist. After completing college requirements, the prospective orthodontist attends dental school. Upon graduation, the future orthodontist must be accepted* as a student in an accredited orthodontic residency program, then successfully complete a minimum of two academic years of study. The orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).
• Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists.”
• Orthodontists limit their scope of work to orthodontics only.**
• Orthodontists are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic problems. They dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Well-aligned teeth are more than attractive: they make it possible to bite, chew and speak effectively. Orthodontic care is often part of a comprehensive oral health plan.
• Orthodontists use a variety of “appliances,” including braces, clear aligner trays and retainers, to move teeth or hold them in their new positions. Because of orthodontists’ advanced education and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and skills necessary to recommend the best kind of appliance to meet every individual patient’s treatment goals.
• Only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.
*On average, there are about 15 applications for every opening.
**Unless they have also completed specialty education in another dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association.