Trust your smile only to the best
When it comes to choosing an orthodontist, we know there are many choices. But we feel strongly that or commitment to the very highest ideals of orthodontic treatment speaks for itself. Dr. Steve and Dr. Gary are proud to be two of the only 10% of Connecticut orthodontists who are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Why is certification important?
A Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, or board-certified orthodontist, has voluntarily been examined by his or her peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Achieving certifications shows an orthodontist is dedicated to the pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.
Achieving board certification is an involved process that can take anywhere from five to ten years. The orthodontist must pass a rigorous set of both written and clinical exams, and undergo a comprehensive review of his or her credentials. In order to maintain certification, the orthodontist must undergo recertification every 10 years.
What is the American Board of Orthodontics?
The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in the dentistry world. Their aim is to elevate the standards of the practice of orthodontia, to familiarize the public with its aim and ideals and to protect the public against irresponsible and unqualified practitioners.
The ABO upholds four objectives:
- To evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificates
- To re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through administration of recertification exams throughout a Diplomate’s career
- To support the development of quality graduate, postgraduate, and continuing education programs in orthodontics
- To promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world