Following undergraduate study at the Eastern New Mexico University, Dr. Ainsworth was admitted into Dental School at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Graduating amongst the top 10% of his class in 1966, he earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery and was elected membership into the highly esteemed Baylor Odontological Honors Society Council. Realizing his true passion was in Orthodontics, Dr. Ainsworth returned to the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1972, where he completed his orthodontic residency graduating with a Master of Science in Dentistry degree in 1974. He was further recognized for his outstanding academic achievement, receiving the prestigious C.T. Rowland Award for Excellence in Orthodontics, in 1979.
Dr. Ainsworth has owned and operated his private orthodontic practice since 1974. In addition to his private practice, for several years, he enjoyed teaching as an Advisory Associate Professor at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Ainsworth is a Board-Certified diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics and maintains active memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. In addition, he has been licensed in dentistry by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners since 1966.
Dr. Ainsworth and his wife Shirley have been happily married for 55 years and take pride in and adore spending time with their two children and four grandchildren. Aside from being an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman, he and Shirley enjoy attending Mavericks basketball games and traveling when they have the opportunity.
Dr. Joseph C. Ainsworth III, DDS Orthodontist
Are all orthodontists Board Certified?
No. All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, but at this time only 1 in 3 orthodontists have continued on to complete Board Certification. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems. Board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue. In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills and judgment.
How many certifying boards are recognized by the American Dental Association in the specialty of orthodontics?
One. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association. The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The board’s purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.
Why would an orthodontist choose to complete this voluntary certification process?
Successful completion of the examination process demonstrates the orthodontist’s highest commitment to excellence in orthodontics – to both the orthodontic profession and the general public. It represents a commitment by a licensed specialist that he/she has the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest of standards. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver these latest advances to patients. Many orthodontists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement.
What steps are required to complete the ABO certification process?
Since the establishment of the ABO in 1929, the certification process requirements have continued to adjust to the demands of the specialty. Today, the process involves a thorough Written Examination (240 questions) covering all areas of information which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful completion of this “board exam” allows the orthodontist to proceed to the Clinical Examination where they present detailed case reports from their practice/residency, demonstrating a history of excellence in patient care. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and later discussed during an oral examination where the applicant is tested on a wide variety of academic and clinical topics. After successful completion of these examinations, the orthodontist has officially achieved Board Certification, for a time-limited period. The orthodontist must go through Certification Renewal every 10 years to maintain their certification status by demonstrating this continued level of patient care.
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