Completing a residency in orthodontic care is the only mandatory qualification for orthodontic specialists, yet some orthodontists decide to broaden their knowledge and advance their practical experience by pursuing board certification. Pursuing certification from the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association, is a voluntary and rigorous process.
Orthodontists who seek board certification are committed to providing the highest level of patient care, and they must demonstrate their commitment with successful completion of both written and oral examinations and a rigorous, peer-reviewed clinical presentation. Additionally, board-certified orthodontists are held to a lifelong commitment to continued education in the orthodontic field, which requires them to submit patient records and renew their certification every 10 years to remain board-certified.
Most orthodontists forego board certification due to the stringent requirements of the board certifying process. Only about 30% of orthodontists who complete their orthodontic training choose to complete the extensive board certification process.
Orthodontics: more than just a pretty smile
Most patients seek orthodontic treatment for the cosmetic benefits, but orthodontic care can provide much more than a brilliant smile. Orthodontists have the necessary and comprehensive understanding of dental anatomy, tooth and jaw alignment, and craniofacial joints, bones, and growth to create a bite that’s beautifully aligned and conducive to a lifetime of optimal oral health.
Orthodontists are trained to use a variety of orthodontic devices and appliances to control bone growth and align the teeth. Orthodontic specialists receive extensive training in a broad spectrum of orthodontic technologies because different patients require different modalities to achieve optimal results, and the ideal treatment for one patient may be ineffective for another.
While one patient can achieve straight, beautifully aligned teeth from Invisalign®, another patient with a more complex case may require traditional braces or even orthodontic surgery to achieve comparable results. An orthodontist who limits his practice to only one or a few types of modalities also limits his or her ability to help patients with all types of orthodontic cases achieve their desired smile. Board-certified orthodontists go a step beyond the minimum qualifications to practice orthodontic care to acquire the in-depth knowledge and broad range of experience required to demonstrate excellence in the entire field of orthodontia.
Philadelphia residents searching for an orthodontist, especially those who seek a qualified orthodontist in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, will be delighted to learn that Dr. Kadan is an orthodontist who’s board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics to treat all types of orthodontic cases. With extensive education and training, he’s reached an elite level within the orthodontic profession, which allows him to help his patients achieve straighter, healthier, and more beautifully aligned smiles.
Dr. Kadan’s goal and ultimate success in becoming a board-certified orthodontist serve as his commitment to providing exceptional orthodontic care for the residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with one of the area’s most sought-after board-certified orthodontists.
At Sam Kadan Orthodontics, a leading orthodontic practice and the home of board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan, we believe that many, if not most orthodontic problems, can wait to be corrected until after all of a child’s baby teeth have fallen out.
Nevertheless, there are some orthodontic problems that are best corrected when a patient is younger, for the optimal long-term results, which is where Phase 1 Ortho, also known as early treatment, generally occurs, namely when a child still has a mix of both primary and permanent teeth, usually starting between the ages of 7 and 10.
Phase 1 treatment typically ranges from 6 to 15 months in duration, and it is designed to address those orthodontic problems that are better corrected early, including severe crowding, eruption problems, open bite, deep bite, crossbite, large “overbite,” underbite, narrow jaws, harmful habits and severely protruding front teeth.
In these instances, the goal of early treatment is correcting the growth of a child’s jaw and certain structurally based bite problems, such as an underbite, which are preferably addressed sooner rather than later when correction can be more difficult.
Then, between Phase 1 and Phase 2 Ortho, your child will see board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan for periodic check-ups to evaluate his or her jaw, and, in some instances, it could be that your child will benefit from wearing a retainer or a holding wire for a period of time to help maintain optimal teeth and jaw positioning.
While less than 10% of all children need both Phase 1 and Phase 2 orthodontic treatments, for those patients who do receive both phases, the benefits are truly tremendous and life-changing.
We often get asked, “Are retainers used just for maintenance after my braces are removed?” This is such an important question that we thought it worthwhile to take a few moments to address this common query.
The use of retainers for post-braces maintenance and continued correction is extremely important and vital to the overall success of your treatment. They can help to correct speech impediments, they can aid in fixing lingering gaps between your teeth, or an isolated crooked tooth, in addition to maintaining the correct placement and positioning of your teeth as brought about through your braces treatment.
Retainers are usually fabricated by Dr. Kadan, and it is customarily done by taking a mold, or impression, of your newly straightened teeth and then fabricating your retainer out of wire and acrylic material. There are two types of retainers after braces: fixed and removable, and depending on Dr. Kadan’s recommendation your retainers must be worn for several years, if not indefinitely, to keep your smile perfectly straight for life.
Choosing the type of retainer that is ideal for your needs after your braces are removed, in terms of fixed versus removable, usually involves an assessment of the clinical needs of your unique case. A fixed retainer is usually a thin wire worn across the back of your lower or upper front teeth, bonded in place with a specialized oral bonding cement.
Since the wire stretches across several teeth, a floss threader or similar cleaning device must be used to access the interproximal spaces between the teeth for teeth cleaning. This type of retainer takes a little more work to keep clean, but it often has the best outcomes because the bonded wire will hold your newly straightened teeth in perfect formation 24/7.
Another option is the removable type of retainer which is usually a combination of wire going across the front of your lower or upper front teeth held in place with a combination of acrylic material and hooks or clasps that insert in and around the back teeth to hold the retainer in place. Since it is removable, this type of retainer makes it easier to clean your teeth, but you have to remember to wear it daily. Initially, you will need to wear it all day and all night for at least three months. Then, if no movement is detected, you may be instructed to wear your retainer only at night or for a few hours in the daytime.
Of course, an obvious disadvantage of a removable retainer after braces is the fact that it can be lost or damaged and can even melt or change shape if it is exposed to high heat! Plus, with a removable retainer, the onus is on the patient to make sure that they are following the advice of Dr. Kadan and allowing an adequate amount of time with the retainer in place so that it contributes effectively to achieving your long-term tooth straightening goals.
With both types of retainers, periodic maintenance in the form of routine dental visits is required to check for cavities and to clean your straightened teeth.
Once your primary orthodontic treatment at Sam Kadan Orthodontics has been completed, the use of retainers after braces is a very important part of not only the continuing maintenance and ongoing correction of your teeth, but it will go a long way toward keeping, protecting, and further improving the perfected bite and smile that your braces formed for you over the previous few years.
You’ve invested a lot of money in orthodontic care, and using retainers after your braces are off is an important part of the treatment process meant to ensure a lifetime of happy and straight smiles. It’s about more than just maintaining the corrective effects of braces – wearing your retainers after braces is an important step in the continued quest for perfection in your smile, your speech, and your health.
Straight teeth and great teeth, you can have both when you partner with a dentist and an orthodontist to give your oral health – and your smile’s sparkle – the very best chance for success. But do you really know the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, and where one’s expertise begins and the other’s ends?
Orthodontists deal primarily with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malpositioned teeth and the jaw, and they are concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Sam Kadan can help to fix a patient’s teeth and set them in the right place, usually using braces or clear aligners to set crooked teeth so they are corrected over the course of your orthodontic treatment.
A dentist is focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity, and the dentist’s supporting team aids in providing a range of oral health services, including most dental treatments such as professional teeth cleaning, dental restorations, including crowns and bridges, endodontic or root canal therapy, periodontal or gum therapy, and oral surgery including extraction of teeth.
So while an orthodontist like Dr. Kadan diagnoses various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity and then defines the nature of the problem, before designing a treatment strategy based on your individual needs and desires, correcting issues such as crooked, overcrowded or poorly aligned teeth, and also correcting over or under bites, and reducing or eliminating spaces between your teeth, a dentist is dedicated to preventing, curing and correcting disease and trauma in your teeth as well as your overall oral cavity, in addition to monitoring the health of your teeth and gums by providing regular cleanings, removing cavities, and curing mouth infections.
It’s a win-win for you and your smile when you have a great dentist and a stellar, board-certified orthodontist like Dr. Kadan on your team, so why not give us a call today to set up your consultation.
If every Halloween your little ghosts and goblins enjoy dumping their candy on the living room floor and then sorting, trading, and gorging on their favorites, go ahead and let them at it. You only get to be a kid once, and that’s just what happens every October 31.
But if you’re like many parents, and by the next morning you think your children have way too much candy, and you’d like to get rid of some, then we have a solution.
In an effort to minimize the amount of Halloween candy our children consume, Sam Kadan Orthodontics will be participating in a candy buy-back program. Beginning on October 26 through November 4, we will be collecting Halloween candy from children from all over Bucks County and Montgomery County. For every pound of candy donated (up to five pounds), $1.00 will be given to the “trick-or-treater”; just like a visit from the tooth fairy.
The collected candy will then be picked up by the USO and distributed to our brave soldiers overseas, as part of Operation Gratitude care packages.
“This will be a win/win for everyone involved, our patients, their parents, the troops, my staff and myself,” said board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan. “Seeing the kids give up their candy for our troops will be an amazing experience, and I’m sure boost troop morale, and remind them of home. Most importantly, however, it provides the opportunity for every American child to say thank-you to our military.”