Board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics is a voluntary process by which an orthodontist has demonstrated the highest level of skill, knowledge and education through a written and oral clinical exam. To become board certified, you must have graduated from an accredited orthodontic specialty program which makes you eligible to take the first part of the boards, the written exam. Upon successful completion of the written exam, you are then eligible to take the oral clinical exam. This part of the exam requires you to present 6 completed orthodontic cases that have met a minimum level of difficulty, to a board of orthodontic examiners. The examiners evaluate your … Read More
What is the reason for removing baby teeth before they’re ready to fall out on their own?
What is the reason for removing baby teeth before they’re ready to fall out on their own? This is an excellent question and one that I often get throughout the day. There are many situations where the patient would benefit from early removal of baby teeth and each case must be evaluated on an individual basis. Baby teeth fall out at a specific age range and in a specific sequence. This allows for the permanent teeth to come in properly. Sometimes, baby teeth don’t fall out when they’re supposed to which can result in an orthodontic problem. An example of an orthodontic problem is when the upper baby canine teeth … Read More