Choosing An Orthodontist

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Choosing An Orthodontist

Because of the rapid technological advances in the various fields of dentistry, it is virtually impossible for any one dentist to be proficient in all of them. That is why most patients seek out an orthodontic specialist (orthodontist) to treat dental malocclusions. There are three levels of practitioners:

General Dentist/Pediatric Dentist

The general dentist or pediatric dentist may perform orthodontics as part of his or her practice, but does not limit specialization to orthodontics.

The Orthodontic Specialist

Just as medical doctors may specialize in a certain area (obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery, etc.), a dentist may specialize in orthodontics by completing an intensive 2 or 3 year residency at an accredited university or hospital.

Board Certified (Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics)

To earn a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics certification, an orthodontist must demonstrate broad experience, exceptional skill and in-depth knowledge. The doctor is required to submit documented case histories of patients to a panel of experts who evaluate the quality of care given. The doctor must pass a very difficult oral and written examination. Board certification is the highest level an orthodontist can aspire to and only about 25% of orthodontic specialists earn this advanced certification. Dr. Gluck became board certified in 1993.

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Choosing an Orthodontist

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