|Action||Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/5/2018|
If we think back to the beginning of our careers, whether specialist or not, we all chose to enter the dental field to help patients, educate them on proper treatment decisions and oral hygiene, and increase their dental health and possibly even self-esteem. In order for us to maintain these goals, it is important that we represent ourselves and our skills appropriately. Our first priority will ALWAYS be the patient. We cannot stray from this simple fact. From my limited time in orthodontics, I have realized the intense complexities inherent to every case. Our patients are unaware of the time it takes to study a certain specialty, and to be able to deliver appropriate care in every situation. When we represent ourselves as specialists in the dental field, we are providing a service of transparency which gives our patients the confidence and trust required to complete their care. I cannot imagine treating a patient without thorough training and mentorship from experts in the field. I agree with the comments sent by the AAO to the Board of Dentistry. Above all else, we must protect our patients, and we cannot lose sight of this.