Dr. Hani Hamdan, DDS, MS
Dr. Hamdan has lived in Minnesota for 17 years, during which he attended the University of Minnesota for orthodontic residency and 2 residencies in advanced general dentistry, totaling 4 years of schooling after dental school. His academic achievements include graduating summa cum laude from dental school, a Master's degree in orthodontics, and advanced training certificates from 3 residency programs. He achieved Board Certification, joining the 1 in 3 orthodontists who are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Prior to establishing Meadowview Orthodontics, Dr. Hamdan worked in Lakeville, MN for 10 years as a general dentist. He loves photography, computers, and nature. He enjoys taking his wife and two children hiking and canoeing.
Dr. Hamdan's practicing style is to be approachable and directly within reach for his patients whether by phone, email, or on social media. He prides himself with research-based decision making and hopes to make Meadowview Orthodontics a hub for creating outstanding smiles!
About Board Certification by the American Board of Orthodontics:
Are all orthodontists Board Certified?
No. All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, however 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. 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 competence in decision making and treatment evaluation using case simulations on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems.
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 are presented with case reports by several sets of examiners in order to demonstrate excellence in patient care. These cases are 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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