Doctor Affiliations


A board-certified orthodontist has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate his or her judgment, skills, and knowledge required for to provide the highest level of patient care. Such an orthodonist has achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics: the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive either a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD), but has also undergone a competitive residency at a CODA-accredited orthodontic program for an additional two to three years for specific training in orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedics.

Achieving board certification is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience to provide excellent patient care. Board certification requires hundreds of additional hours of preparation to test judgment, skill, and knowledge to demonstrate the highest quality of orthodontic care.


Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 19,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities to align teeth and jaws correctly. After graduating from dental school and then completing the required two to three years of specialized education in an accredited orthodontic residency program, orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.


The Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics was founded in 1912 and has grown to nearly 3,000 members. The PCSO is composed of regional organizations and is the largest constituent organization of the American Association of Orthodontists.

The PCSO mission is to help members provide the highest level of care to the public by furnishing quality continuing education, setting a framework for a strong political voice, facilitating two-way communication between the organization and its members, and supporting the successful practice of orthodontics.


Phoenix Magazine generates its list of Top Dentists via an online survey of practicing dentists in Greater Phoenix. It uses contact information obtained in the Valley in the early spring, and directs practitioners to our online voting portal. The survey asks respondents to provide the names of three dentists they regard as the best in each of nine specialties.

At the conclusion of voting, we digitally tally the votes in each category. Once the top vote-getters are determined, the fact-checkers verify their information. Phoenix Magazine does not give preference to dentists who advertise. The Top Dentists are determined purely based on the number of votes they receive.

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