SOMERS, N.Y. - Think all orthodontists are alike? Think again.
Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment, but they do not all have the same extensive education required of a board-certified orthodontist.
At Bridgham Barr Orthodontics, located in Mill Pond Offices on Route 100 in Somers, Dr. Rick Bridgham and Dr. Anita Barr are board-certified orthodontic specialists. A board-certified orthodontist has successfully completed a voluntary, rigorous written and clinical examination process through the American Board of Orthodontics.
While many dental professionals provide orthodontic care, Drs. Bridgham and Barr have gone a step beyond to obtain board-certification and limit their practice only to orthodontic care. They focus 100 percent of their energy on staying at the cutting edge of orthodontic treatment and are recognized as leaders in their field.
A board-certified orthodontist must renew their certification every 10 years to demonstrate a continuous commitment to lifelong learning and excellence.
“One important aspect of being board-certified is remaining on top of technological changes and offering the latest in orthodontic treatments,” Bridgham said. “One of those aspects is what we do with our three-dimensional radiography. We can take x-rays with half the amount of radiation that a standard panoramic x-ray has and it allows us to view a patient’s skull in three dimensions. That [gives us] thousands or more pieces of information you wouldn’t normally get from a two-dimensional x-ray.”
If you assumed all orthodontists are board-certified, you’re not alone. But according to the American Board of Orthodontics, less than 40 percent of orthodontists actually take this voluntary step to achieve certification. To see if a dental professional is board certified in orthodontics you can visit www.americanboardortho.com.
Dr. Bridgham opened his office in Somers 21 year ago and it grew to the point where he eventually needed to take on a partner. Dr. Barr joined the practice in 2013. She completed her undergraduate education at Vassar College, where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for exceptional academic performance. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated top of her class. Dr. Barr continued on to complete a three-year residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, where she served as chief resident in her final year.
Barr said it was when she was in high school that she became interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare profession. She noticed the effect that orthodontics had on her friends and classmates.
“I found that orthodontic treatment really improved their self-confidence and perspective of themselves,” she said. “That inspired me to want to help people achieve that higher self-esteem in a healthy, natural way.”
Having two orthodontists on staff has also enhanced patient service.
“With two board-certified orthodontists in the office, we can see patients on time on a daily basis,” Bridgham said. “It is one of the top three reasons people choose our practice. We hear that over and over again. People love and respect that fact.”
Dr. Bridgham received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the State University at Stony Brook. He graduated with honors from the University of Loyola in Chicago with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After a general practice residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, he completed three years of orthodontic residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia to become certified as a specialist in orthodontics.
But, he says, orthodontics has evolved significantly since he first started. He cites four major changes in orthodontics over the past few decades:
• The comfort level of wearing braces has improved
• Braces have become more aesthetically pleasing
• The length of time of the treatment has been greatly reduced, and best time for treatments has been recognized
• Orthodontists can treat beyond just the straightening of the teeth; they can enhance the physical appearance because they treat both the skeletal aspect and dental aspect of the facial structure.
Brigham Barr Orthodontics only uses the highest quality products for its braces, adhesives, clear aligners and retainers and they now offer accelerated treatments with the use of AcceleDent Aura. With only 20 minutes a day, gentle micro-pulses increase the rate of tooth movement that helps finish treatment up to 50 percent faster.
That dedication to staying on the cutting edge of their profession, and their concern for their patients and their community, has earned Brigham Barr Orthodontics the designation of “Top Dentists in Westchester County” by Westchester Magazine for nine years running.
Drs. Bridgham and Barr are also members of Lions Club International, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Somers Chamber of Commerce and sponsors of over 50 local community organizations and charities.
“We really love our patients,” Bridgham said. “Simply stated, high-quality patient care, from running on time to offering kind and courteous service, we create an extraordinary experience for anyone who comes in contact with our practice.”
Call 914-277-1111 for more information or to make an appointment.