Choose a Board Certified Orthodontist
A very small percentage of dentists continue on to become orthodontists. An orthodontist is a specialist who is educated and trained specifically for orthodontic care. If you assumed all orthodontists are board certified, you are not alone.
Currently 58% of all American Association of Orthodontist (AAO) member orthodontists are board certified. There is no reason your childs orthodontist should not be board certified. Member status can be checked at The American Board of Orthodontics website. Board certification is one way you can ensure your doctor is an orthodontic specialist, confirming their commitment to the lifelong learning process of board certification. A board certified orthodontist is:
- Ready with the most up-to-date techniques and treatment.
- Ready to expertly and carefully align and move the teeth and jaw.
- Ready to help you or your child reveal a beautiful, healthy smile
Why Choose A Board Certified Orthodontist?
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.
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