Port Charlotte’s Only Board Certified Orthodontist
What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification 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.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS or DMD (Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residency at a CODA-accredited orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Achieving board certification is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience to ultimately provide excellent patient care.
Are all Orthodontists Board Certified?
No. All orthodontists must have a license to practice, but only 33% of orthodontists have achieved certification by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). To find out more information go to www.americanboardortho.com.
What is Required for Board Certification?
The board certification exam consists of two major tests. First, a candidate must demonstrate an understanding of modern orthodontic concepts and research by passing a comprehensive written examination. In the second phase, the candidate must prove their clinical abilities by presenting the cases of several patients from their own practice. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and are discussed at length during an intensive oral examination that tests the applicant’s understanding of both academic and clinical topics in orthodontics.
Board certification is not mandatory and demands an extraordinary amount of time and effort to achieve. To become certified by the ABO, an orthodontist needs to demonstrate the highest levels of both knowledge and clinical skills. An orthodontist who achieves board certification has demonstrated their desire to remain current with advances in the field and a commitment to providing care of the highest caliber.