What is a board-certified

What is an orthodontist and what do they do?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist that undergoes an intensive residency program where they learn the techniques of proper, safe tooth movement as well as guided dental, jaw and facial development. Through formal and hands-on training, orthodontists are equipped to diagnose, prevent, correct and treat dental and facial irregularities in patients of all ages. Dr. Bates received his training at the prestigious and well-respected orthodontic residency program at the University of Michigan!

How is an orthodontist different from my general dentist?

After graduating from high school, a general dentist completes 4 years of college and 4 years of dental school.

An orthodontist completes those same 4 years of college and 4 years of dental school, but they continue after dental school for another 2-3 years to specifically study the specialty of orthodontics.

Would you want an internist performing your brain surgery? No way! You’d want the specialist! Orthodontic treatment is so much more than “straight teeth”, which is why you should only trust a trained specialist to complete your treatment.


What is the difference between a licensed orthodontist and a board-certified orthodontist?

Not all orthodontists are created equal. Only about 30% of practicing orthodontists in the US are board-certified. Board certification is a voluntary credential that represents an orthodontist’s personal and public commitment to the standards of their specialty and life-long learning. Dr. Bates completed these additional steps to earn his board-certification to show his commitment to his patients and profession.