Did you know? All three doctors at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics are Board Certified Orthodontic Specialists.
What is an Orthodontic Specialist? Who is Board Certified?
A general dental license allows a doctor to provide orthodontic treatment such as expanders, braces or Invisalign in addition to other services. Doctors wishing to narrow their focus to specialize in orthodontic tooth movement must be accepted to and complete an additional 2.5-3 years of an orthodontic residency program, after which they become orthodontic specialists. Although residency programs encourage their students to continue on to board certification, this extra effort is not mandatory and few orthodontists pursue this more rigorous option.
The American Board of Orthodontics website offers a Doctor Locator service to help prospective patients identify those doctors in their area who have taken this extra step.
Click here to search your area for a list of board certified orthodontists near you. Dr. Jasmine Gorton and Dr. Bill Schmohl are listed in Marin County and Dr. Sona Bekmezian can be found under San Francisco, California.
What is the Board Certification process?
For their initial certification, Drs. Gorton, Schmohl and Bekmezian had to present their own patient cases for grading as well as being tested on patients they had never seen before. Dr. Sona and Dr. Gorton were certified under the new system where they have to recertify every 10 years to keep their board certified status.
For 2019, the board restructured the process to keep it up to date and more “approachable”. Dr Jasmine Gorton recently passed her board recertification to renew her commitment to excellence in orthodontics and to maintain her eligibility to teach in the local orthodontic programs at UOP and UCSF.
Dr Gorton shared with us some details of the renewal process:
To “warm up”, she spent a few hours reviewing the recent issues of the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. Then she spent a few more hours taking online tests through the American Association of Orthodontics on the articles contained in the journals during the past 4 months. Dr. Gorton passed the journal article tests which qualified her to take the more strenuous Board Examination, which is based on the diagnosis and treatment of complex orthodontic cases as well as specific questions about orthodontic conditions.
For more information about Board Certification for orthodontists:
If you think you or your child may need expanders/braces/Invisalign and are looking for a board certified orthodontic specialist in Marin County, Click here to schedule a consultation with Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics.
900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Dr. Gorton Passed Board Recertification
Dr. Jasmine Gorton, a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor degrees in both Integrative Biology and Social Sciences and then went on to graduate from Harvard with honors for her Doctorate in Dental Medicine.
She continued her education at UCSF with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Growth and Development, followed by an Orthodontic Residency with a Master of Science in Oral Biology.
She is Board Certified in Orthodontics. She received the American Association of Orthodontics Award for Craniofacial Research and the Harvard Odontological Society Award for Excellence in Research. Her work on preventing decay around braces has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics.