May 15th is the celebration of World Orthodontic Health Day and we can think of no better time to learn more about orthodontists! Here in our office we celebrate orthodontic health each and every day, but today we want to take an opportunity to spread awareness about orthodontic health and to promote the specialty field of orthodontics.
The World Federation of Orthodontics (WFO) was created on May 15th, 1995 in San Francisco and successfully brought together orthodontists and orthodontic societies from over 62 countries. The WFO now represents orthodontists across 6 continents! World Orthodontic Health Day celebrates the creation of the WFO. We are proud that our very own Dr. Lee W. Graber was selected as the Vice-President of the initial WFO Executive Committee.
Becoming an orthodontist takes 11 years of advanced schooling – 4 years of college, 4 years of dental school, and 3 years of orthodontic residency. During this additional 3 year residency, students learn the skill of their specialty – orthodontics (tooth movement) and dentofacial orthopedics (facial development). Only 6% of dental students pursue a career in orthodontics!
Orthodontists are trained to evaluate and treat dental conditions such as overbites, underbites, crowding, tooth rotations, spacing, and crossbites. What better way to celebrate World Orthodontic Health Day than to call today to schedule a consultation with our amazing team of orthodontists?