Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Just like you would not go to your primary care physician for plastic surgery, you should seek out a specialist when it comes to you or your child’s smile.

Dr. Washington is a certified orthodontic specialist and only treats orthodontic cases, trust your smile to a specialist. All orthodontists are dentists, but only about five percent of dentists are orthodontists. Admission to an orthodontic program is extremely selective and competitive.

It takes many years to become an orthodontist, and the educational requirements are demanding.

An orthodontist must complete college requirements before starting a four-year graduate program at a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). After dental school, three academic years of advanced specialty education in an ADA-accredited orthodontic program are required to be an orthodontist. The program includes advanced education in biomedical, behavioral and basic sciences. The orthodontic resident learns the complex skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).

Only dentists who have successfully completed these advanced specialty education programs may call themselves orthodontists.