When your smile is bright and healthy, it shows the world that you are a confident and happy person. Routine dental care including seeing an orthodontist is important in ensuring that your teeth and gums are in great condition. Although the majority of orthodontic patients are children there are a number of adults who opt for orthodontic treatment as well. Orthodontists are dental experts who specialize in issues with the jaw and teeth. Orthodontist education and requirements are stringent and their education continues long after passing the National Board Dental Examination. Orthodontists, like most other health and medical professionals, are required to take courses known as continuing education units (CEU).
What is CEU?
CEU, continuing education unit, is a unit of educational credit that is generally equal to ten hours of participation in an accredited orthodontist education program. An orthodontist is required to participate in continuing education programs for a specified number of hours each year in order to keep their licenses to practice current. The actual number of required continuing education units varies by each state and by profession. One CEU is defined as ten contact hours of participation in a verified organization that is capable of providing qualified instruction. CEUs help to ensure that the orthodontist is up-to-date with current practices in the field of orthodontics. A certificate is issued after the orthodontist has completed the required unit.
Where to get CEUs
The good news is that continuing orthodontist education courses are available through a wide variety of arenas, such as local colleges and dental health organizations. They typically cover a variety of topics such as diagnostic equipment, nutrition, new techniques and tools, and technological advances that are available for orthodontists. Some manufacturers also offer training workshops for their products that are being introduced for orthodontic treatment. There are also seminars and workshops that are geared towards those in general dentistry that also provide simpler orthodontic treatments in their practice. Orthodontist education courses for CEUs are also available through a variety of online resources, such as the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists. Many of these professional associates also offer a vast array of libraries of journal articles.
Gerald S. Samson, DDS: Orthodontist in Marietta, GA
In order to remain as a licensed orthodontist, they are required to complete the required continued education courses. Licensing for orthodontists is done through the state in which they will practice and the number of continued education hours varies by state, but the average is 15-20 hours a year. The majority of states also require that basic life support or CPR certification is included in the CEUs. For anyone considering becoming an orthodontist, it’s important to keep in mind that it requires being committed to lifelong learning; however, this is beneficial for patients, because they can rest assured their orthodontist has continued their education and will be up-to-date on new technology and treatments.To learn more information about enrolling in CEU courses for continuing your orthodontist education,Book appointment or contact Gnathos.
Gnathos is located on 125 Church St, Marietta. From Cobb County International Airport head east on Cessna Ln NW toward McCollum Pkwy NW. Take I-75 S and GA-5 S to Hansell St in Marietta and turn right at the 1st cross street onto McCollum Pkwy NW. Continue onto Chastain Rd and continue straight to stay on Chastain Rd. Pass by Wendy’s (on the right in 0.4 mi). Use the right lane to take the ramp onto I-75 S. and take exit 267B toward Marietta. Merge with GA-5 S and continue straight onto Church St. Turn right onto Hansell St and Gnathos will be on the right.
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