An Orthodontic Specialist is uniquely qualified in creating beautiful smiles and faces. There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education: college, dental school and orthodontic residency program. After completing college requirements, the prospective orthodontist attends dental school, and becomes a dentist. Upon graduation, the future orthodontist must be accepted as a student in an accredited orthodontic residency program. The competition is stiff and only about 6 out of every 100 dentists are accepted. Orthodontic residents must complete a minimum of two academic years of full time study. This is done under the guidance of several experienced orthodontic specialists and researchers at a major university.
Why see an Orthodontic Specialist?
The orthodontic student learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics), guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), and coordinate care with other dental and medical professionals. • Only those who have successfully completed this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists.” • Orthodontists limit their scope of work to orthodontics only. Their daily experience and ongoing education is dedicated to optimizing orthodontic care. • 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 • 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 each individual patient’s treatment goals. This results in better, faster and more cost effective treatment • Only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists. Board certified orthodontists have taken a voluntary, additional step to demonstrate their judgement, skills, and knowledge in providing the highest of level of patient care.