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What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?

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An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty of orthodontics. A dentist who graduates from a specialty program becomes an orthodontic specialist who is eligible to become board certified through the voluntary examination process of The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the orthodontist's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence.

Dr. Kulkarni is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction that less than 30 percent of American orthodontists achieve. To attain this level of recognition, orthodontists must pass a series of difficult, thorough written and oral examinations. They must also submit case studies of patients they’ve successfully treated. The entire certification process can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

By choosing an orthodontist that is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, you are ensuring that you receive the best care possible.