Orthodontic Board Certification
Dr. Doug Jensen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is a board-certified orthodontist. You may be surprised to hear that orthodontic board certification is accomplished by less than a third of all American orthodontists. A board-certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate the exceptional judgment, skills, and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics.
Dr. Doug Jensen understands the complexity of growth development and facial form. Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just movement of teeth. There’s a reason orthodontists spend additional years in a highly competitive orthodontic program—to learn and perfect their ability in the 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.
The very difficult board certification process that Dr. Doug Jensen completed means that he took the extra time and effort needed to present a large group of his cases to a board of his peers. The superior quality of his final results were recognized and approved by the entire jury of board certified orthodontists. Dr. Doug Jensen demonstrated that he can consistently attain the results that he projected—when he says you are going to have a beautiful smile, that is what you get! Achieving board certification is taking a large step beyond, in a long and intensive educational experience to ultimately provide excellent patient care.
Finding the right orthodontist is a big decision. Knowing the right questions to ask will help you make a well-informed decision.
- From which accredited dental school did you graduate, and where did you complete your Orthodontic Residency Program?
- Do you only perform orthodontic treatment, or do you also offer general dentistry services such as root canals, cavity filings, and extractions?
- Do you follow a specific Standard of Care, as outlined in the American Association of Orthodontists Clinical Practice Guidelines, when developing treatment plans/options? Please explain that process.
- What is the scope of the proposed treatment plan and possible consequences if we do not choose to move forward with one of these options now?
- Do you personally do all of the work on your patients (bend the wires, attach brackets, etc.), or will some of the work be completed by other associates? If so, what is their level of expertise?
- What are the practice office hours?
- How are treatment costs determined, and what billing options will be made available to me? What insurance plans to you accept?
- What should be expected as far as post-treatment follow up?
- Do you provide patient references?
- Are you board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics?
Please feel free to contact Jensen Orthodontic Arts if you would like to learn more about the benefits of receiving treatment from a board-certified orthodontist in McKinney, Texas.