Orthodontic treatment goes beyond just physical esthetics; it plays an integral role in overall health. At Gig Harbor – Tacoma Orthodontics, our orthodontist Dr. Patra Alatsis takes time to educate every patient about how their bite functions, why it needs to change, and the benefits they will enjoy once their teeth and bite are correctly aligned.
What sets Gig Harbor – Tacoma Orthodontics Apart?
In addition to a patient-centric focus, an innovative approach, and a genuine passion for healthy, beautiful smiles, we offer the highest quality in orthodontic care. We say that humbly, yet assuredly, knowing that our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Patra Alatsis provides extraordinary care.
What Is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
Board certification is a voluntary credential that demonstrates a remarkable level of dedication to providing exceptional orthodontic care and maintaining that standard with a lifetime of continued education.
After completing an undergraduate degree and attending an accredited dental school, an orthodontist continues to a residency program for several additional years of specialized training.
Upon completion, an orthodontist can elect to become board certified. This requires the successful completion of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written and clinical examinations. Board certification requires hundreds of additional hours of preparation to test judgment, skill, and knowledge, to demonstrate the highest quality of orthodontic care.
A board-certified Orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, has been voluntarily examined by his or her peers on the basis of knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.
In addition to passing these stringent exams, a board-certified orthodontist must renew their certification every 10 years.
The ABO is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Patra Alatsis’ Lifetime Commitment to Orthodontic Excellence
Dr. Patra earned her dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. After Tufts, she completed an orthodontic residency program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) where she earned a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as well as an Orthodontic Specialty Certificate.
Dr. Patra is dedicated to both education and research in the field of Orthodontics. During her orthodontic residency, Dr. Patra shared her knowledge with other students as a guest lecturer for the OHSU predoctoral orthodontics course and taught in the predoctoral orthodontic clinic. After graduating from residency, she challenged herself to successfully complete the rigorous American Board of Orthodontics board certification process.
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Patra continues to remain at the top of her field – staying informed of the latest advances in orthodontic care to provide her patients with the best possible outcome.
Why Choose a Board Certified Orthodontist?
Your health is your most important asset, and that includes your dental health. By choosing a board-certified orthodontist, you are ensuring that you will receive the best care available. Remember, a board-certified orthodontist made a conscious decision to regularly complete continuing education requirements and to stay current on the most current developments in orthodontics. This emphasis on new processes, technologies, and research means optimal treatment and outcomes for the patient.
In addition to the highest level of personalized care, Dr. Patra takes time to answer your questions, explain your treatment plan, and really get to know you. After all, our patients are the reason we’re here at Gig Harbor – Tacoma Orthodontics.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Now that you know why seeking a board-certified orthodontist is so important, let us show you what a positive experience it can be to get the smile you desire.
Call our Tacoma office at 253-474-9473, our Gig Harbor office at 253-851-9473, or fill out the Contact Us form on our website. We look forward to seeing you smile!
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