Whether you’re pursuing orthodontic treatment as an adult or for your child, it’s important that you only choose a dental professional that has the experience and knowledge to provide the most effective treatment possible. Cases among children and adults can largely vary and the complexity of your case may prove challenging to some orthodontists. That’s why choosing a board-certified orthodontist, like Dr. Amin Mason, is one of the best decisions you can make for your orthodontic care. They are trained to treat a wide variety of cases, regardless of their complexity.
Students have the option to focus on particular specialties when they enroll into dental school. Specialties cover a large number of different topics related to dentistry, including but not limited to endodontics, periodontics, or in the case of Dr. Mason, orthodontics. If a student decides to pursue orthodontics, they need to complete a residency at an accredited orthodontic program. This program involves two to three years of training on relevant topics, such as dental facial orthopedics and orthodontics.
Furthermore, orthodontists can take their education a step further by becoming certified. Board-certification is common among many specialties, not just orthodontics.
This voluntary process is designed to show patients that the orthodontist is willing to prove their personal and public commitment to the standards of specialty practice. Of course, board-certifications need to be maintained over the years, as they are meant to prove the individual carries a life-long commitment to the specialty.
The process of becoming board-certified is multi-pronged. Orthodontists go through an oral, written and clinical examination by the American Board of Orthodontists (ABO.) The ABO is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics, so it’s important to look for this if you’re considering care from an orthodontist who claims to be board-certified.
To maintain board-certification, Dr. Mason must complete:
Currently, the board certification rate is 30 percent in the United States.
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