What Does My Belonging to The Angle Society Mean for Your Family’s Orthodontic Care?

Angle_Society_Jan2013.jpgHello. I’m Dr. Douglas Knight, and I believe that you and your family deserve the best orthodontic care available in Tacoma, WA.

Because of this belief, I’m committed to continued growth and adaptation of the best practices in orthodontic medicine. That’s why I invest my time and resources to the Edward H. Angle Society, a peer review and educational board comprised of some of the best orthodontic practitioners in North America. Further, I believe our Northwest Component of the Angle Society, which includes Tacoma, represents the best minds in orthodontics.

What Does The Angle Society Do?

The purpose of my membership to this society is multifaceted. We:

  • Promote higher education standards for the training of orthodontists.
  • Promote research in the art and science of orthodontics and related basic sciences.
  • Publish and disseminate the results of research, which will contribute to the advancement of the standards and ideals of the specialty of orthodontics.

How Does an Orthodontist Become a Member?

The process of selection is by invitation and peer review. The scrutiny of the review is intense, which only adds to the prestige of its members. To become a member, an invited orthodontist must:

  • Complete a rigorous application process.
  • Present a review of completed cases, which all must pass the entry standards, for admission to the Angle Society.
  • Present the courses of treatment for six current patient cases, which will be documented over a two-year period. The cases are critiqued regularly throughout the two years.
  • Present a teaching lecture to the society regarding a component of their six current patient cases.
  • Must pass a vote of approval by current members for final approval.
  • To stay in the society, members must continue to present cases treated and research papers, which are ranked on a point system. A member must maintain a positive point total.

Who Belongs to The Angle Society?

The current membership is a who’s who in orthodontics. Currently, we boast two past Program Chairs in The Department of Orthodontics at The University of Washington; current Program Chairs at The University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University; a former president of the American Association of Orthodontists; two former presidents of The American Board of Orthodontists; both former and current editors of The American Journal of Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics; and more than 20 current and former faculty members in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia Schools of Dentistry.

Without doubt, this is the foremost body of expertise and knowledge for evidence-based treatment and information for redefining best practices in orthodontics. When you visit our Tacoma orthodontic office for treatments such as braces and Invisalign, you can trust that you are in the care of an Angle Society member and are receiving the most advanced treatments available.