The Texas Association of Orthodontists (TAO) announces a change in leadership for 2017-2018 as Dr. Deji Fashemo of Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics in the greater Dallas area assumes the role of president. The TAO is a component organization of the American Association of Orthodontists—a premiere organization that is committed to educating the public on the importance of orthodontic treatment.
“The orthodontic profession is truly amazing,” said Dr. Fashemo. “We make a difference in our patients’ lives by interacting with them, getting to know them, and ultimately improving their quality of life by transforming their smiles. Successfully treated orthodontic patients will testify that they have a more positive outlook on life and gain a tremendous boost in personal confidence.”
The 2018 board is made up of nine doctors from across the state of Texas and provide representation to all associated orthodontic specialists in the state. The current board is comprised of:
- President: Dr. Deji Fashemo of Dallas & Allen
- President-Elect: Dr. Omar Issa of Plano
- Vice-President: Dr. Matthew Ng of Katy
- Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Catharine Borders of Houston & Richmond
- Past-President: Dr. Jesse Teng of El Paso
- Director: Dr. John Wise of McKinney & Frisco
- Director: Dr. Chris Cramer of Coppell
- Director: Dr. Andrea Font-Rytzner of The Woodlands & Houston
- Director: Dr. Kathy Elias of San Antonio
Ms. Cynthia Metcalf serves as Executive Director to the board.
The TAO Board will work on public awareness and consumer education to promote the importance of seeking orthodontic care from a trained specialist. All orthodontists are dentists who have completed an additional two or three years of accredited specialty residency beyond the traditional dental school curriculum. Patients are best served by seeking and receiving orthodontic treatment from a specialist.
According to Dr. Fashemo, an orthodontic specialist is to a dentist what a highly-trained medical specialist is to a primary care physician. For those who need orthodontic services such as teeth alignment and correction of abnormal bites and jaws, seek help from an orthodontic specialist rather than a dentist.
Visit www.texasortho.org to find a local TAO orthodontist.