Why Choose A Board-Certified Orthodontist?

Why Choose A Board-Certified Orthodontist?

Board Certification: What Does it Mean?

With a board-certified orthodontist, you are getting the most exceptional care available. But what does board certification mean? Well, it’s a voluntary process that asks orthodontists to undertake years of additional training to master their craft. This includes clinical training, exams, and mastering the latest techniques in orthodontia.

Commit to a board-certified orthodontist and you will be treated by an expert dedicated to giving you optimal results. Rest easy — your smile is in great hands with Dr. Haeger.

What’s the difference?

  • All orthodontists are dentists first. Only 6% of dental school graduates go on to become orthodontists by completing their Master’s degree and an orthodontic residency program.

  • Orthodontists specialize in aligning the teeth and jaw.

  • Since orthodontists have specialized knowledge in teeth and jaw alignment, we recommend getting Invisalign with an orthodontist to get the most optimal outcome.

General Dentist
  • Dentists have graduated from dental school.

  • Dentists help patients achieve good oral health through preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care.

  • Dentists are able to administer clear aligners like Invisalign. Typically, they may or may not have specialized training in tooth and jaw movement. That’s why dentists often refer cases to an orthodontist for the best results.

Why Choose Haeger Orthodontics?

There is one board-certified orthodontist that dentists trust with their family’s care. It’s Puget Sound “Top Orthodontic” Award winner, Dr. Robert Haeger. 

Over his 30 years of practice, Dr. Haeger has challenged himself to keep up with the latest techniques in orthodontics and frequently lectures at the University of Washington. As a valued contributor to continually improving orthodontic techniques, his goal is to provide more accurate diagnosis and treatment so that patients can spend less time and money wearing braces.  

With decades of experience and comprehensive orthodontic knowledge, you can put your smile in Dr. Haeger’s hands and trust that your result will be nothing less than exceptional!

Are all orthodontists board-certified?

Board certification is not required to be an orthodontist. In fact, fewer than 60% of orthodontists are board certified. This is due to the certification process which requires doctors to pass comprehensive written and clinical exams before they receive certification.

What steps are required to be board-certified?

This voluntary process requires passing the written and clinical exams, and renewing the certification every 10 years.

Is board certification required to be an orthodontist?

ABO (American Board of Orthodontics) is the oldest and only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association. Becoming ABO certified is no easy accomplishment and is a voluntary process to keep up to date with the latest techniques in orthodontics.

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