Orthodontists spend additional years in a highly competitive orthodontic program in order to learn and perfect their specialty. A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health check-ups, comparable to your family doctor. Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment, but they do not have the same extensive education required of an orthodontist. As a board certified orthodontist, we are committed to the highest level of patient care including a comprehensive treatment approach to ensure you recieve the care you deserve. And board certified orthodontists must re-new their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to life long learning and excellence.