ABO Certification

What it means to be Board-Certified

It takes dedication to make it to the top.

An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed an advanced education program following dental school to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.  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 recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.

ABO Certification

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 the movement of teeth.  There’s a reason orthodontists pursue additional years of highly competitive orthodontic school – 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 plans, but have not been trained or educated in orthodontics.

A Board Certified Orthodontist is committed to the highest level of patient care, including a comprehensive treatment approach to ensure quality work.  Board Certified Orthodontists must re-new their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to excellence. 

Because your smile matters

Trust your smile to a Board Certified Orthodontist.

If you assumed all orthodontists are board certified, you're not alone. But the truth is less than 40% of orthodontists actually take this voluntary step to achieve certification. Dr. Ingraham did take those extra steps.

Only 1 in 3 orthodontists is board certified.

 

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