What Does Board Certified Mean to You?
95% is never good enough for me. I’ve made it a theme in my life to always reach for the highest possible level of excellence. Taking the extra step to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics was a natural move for me in my dedication to becoming the best orthodontist that I can be and providing the highest quality patient care. But what does this certification mean to you, my patient?
While all orthodontists must complete a 2-3 year graduate specialty program after dental school, not all orthodontists are board certified. In fact, currently 1 in 3 orthodontists are board certified. To be certified by the ABO, orthodontists must complete a written examination, present clinical cases to the board, and defend these cases in an oral examination. Certification must be renewed every ten years.
Like myself, orthodontists that choose to go the extra mile to become ABO certified are dedicated to keeping abreast of the most recent advances in orthodontic patient care. This certification is a commitment by the orthodontist to continue to grow their knowledge base and skill set to best serve their patients and the orthodontic community.
For patients, choosing an ABO certified orthodontist to develop a treatment plan gives peace of mind that the patient will have access to the highest standards of orthodontic care. The ABO acts as a form of quality control, giving our patients the confidence to trust a treatment plan and never have to worry if the methods utilized in office are outdated, underdeveloped, or generic.
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