Why choose a Board Certified Orthodontist?


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While all practicing orthodontists have a license, only a select few pursue board certification by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Surprisingly, at this time less than half of orthodontists are Board Certified.


Board Certification signifies a unique achievement -- a large step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. It shows that an orthodontist voluntarily chooses to demonstrate judgement, knowledge, and skills to a panel of highly respected examiners.


Are all dentists orthodontists?

No. All dentists have graduated from a postgraduate dental program. Although some generalists offer tooth alignment, a dentist must pursue advanced additional training from an accredited residency program to become an orthodontist.


Are all orthodontists Board Certified?

No. All orthodontists must graduate from an accredited orthodontic residency program after becoming a dentist. At this time less than half of orthodontists have continued on to pursue board certification.


How does an orthodontist become Board Certified?

In residency, an orthodontist must pass a written portion of the board exam. The clinical portion must be voluntarily pursued to achieve Board Certification. This clinical exam requires an orthodontist to be thoroughly tested to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, skills, and judgement when it comes to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. An orthodontist is only awarded board certification after passing this clinical exam.


Is Dr. Godley a Board Certified Orthodontist?

Yes. Dr. Danielle Godley is not only proud to be board certified, but she is also committed to providing the very best service to all of her patients.


Why choose a Board Certified Orthodontist?

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying orthodontic board that is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). The ABO was founded with a purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education, and collaboration. An orthodontist who has pursued certification has shown that they go the extra mile to have their skills tested, strive for excellence, and are committed to their profession and highest level of patient care.

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