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Pediatric Dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. After graduating with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from a university dental school, the Pediatric Dentist must then successfully complete an additional two- to three-year residency program of specialty advanced education. Pediatric Dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6 percent of dentists are Orthodontists. An Orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They must then successfully complete an additional two- to three-year residency program of advanced education in orthodontics. Through this training, the orthodontist learns the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).
Not all Pediatric Dentists are Board Certified and Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. To be Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a pediatric dentist has their credentials verified and successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill. Dr. Jonathon Lee and Dr. Brian Lee are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a commitment to lifelong learning.
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Board of Orthodontics verify to the public and to the health professions that a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist respectively have successfully completed both an advanced specialty educational program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and a voluntary examination process designed to validate the knowledge, application, and performance requisite to the delivery of proficient care in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.
From 1980-1987 Dr. Brian Lee served as an examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In 1987 he served as president and chairman of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Since 2006, Dr. Jonathon Lee serves as a Consultant to the Examination Committee and as an Examiner for the Oral Clinical Examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Not all Dentists are Fellows of the American College of Dentists. The American College of Dentists (ACD) is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society. Fellowship in the American College of Dentists is by invitation only. There are over 7,400 Fellows, active and retired. Fellows are selected based on their contributions to organized dentistry, oral health care, dental research, dental education, the profession, and society. Approximately 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the American College of Dentists.