Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry. The dental specialists who are educated and trained to correct misaligned teeth and improper bite patterns are known as orthodontists.

Accredited orthodontists, like Dr. Perillo, have earned their dentistry degree and completed an advanced post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years in the specialty of orthodontics.

During orthodontic treatment, teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed. Therefore it is important to have the treatment appropriately and properly completed by an orthodontist. Orthodontists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

Dr. Perillo is also board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction that less than 50 percent of American orthodontists achieve. To attain this level of recognition, orthodontists must pass a series of difficult, thorough written and oral examinations. They must also submit case studies of patients they’ve successfully treated. The entire certification process can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

By choosing an orthodontist that is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, you are ensuring that you receive the best care possible.