Meet Dr. Ulises A. Guzman
Orthodontist, Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics
A Passion for Healthy, Beautiful Smiles
Dr. Ulises A. Guzman knows the difference straight teeth and a beautiful smile make in the life of his patients. Not only does each person’s self-esteem blossom, but they become more confident in every interaction. They know their smile looks incredible and that makes them happier and more outgoing.
Dr. Guzman also knows that properly aligned teeth improve a person’s dental and overall health. When teeth are crooked, it’s difficult to properly brush and floss, leading to an increase in dental disease. Misaligned teeth also put strain on the jaw and facial muscles during chewing, which can lead to pain, including TMJ-TMD.
Through his work, Dr. Guzman improves each patient’s emotional and physical health. Best of all, those changes last a lifetime!
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science, Catholic University of Puerto Rico, graduated Cum Laude
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Marquette University School of Dentistry
- Comprehensive General Dentistry Program and Certificate, University of Florida College of Dentistry
- Fellowship in Craniofacial Pain and Mandibular Dysfunction, University of Florida College of Dentistry
- Fellowship in Research and Clinical Orthodontics, Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics
- Certificate in Orthodontics, Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics
Understanding the importance of remaining current on ever-changing research, technology, and treatments, Dr. Guzman completes many hours of continuing education. He has also presented at professional orthodontic meetings, and has many published papers, as well.
Additionally, Dr. Guzman is a Fellow and Master with the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow in the International Association for Orthodontics. He strongly believes that staying current in his profession is the key to delivering comprehensive, quality care, and creating a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles for his patients.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontics
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- Florida Association of Orthodontists
- American Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast District Dental Association
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MEET THE TEAM
Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure that your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.
At our orthodontic practice, we work hard to treat our patients the same way we would like to be treated: with respect, professionalism, and sensitivity toward our needs. We understand the expectations of the patients and families we serve, and we do everything we can to make sure that each patient has an exceptional experience at our practice.As a team, we promise to:
- Do a good job! From the moment you enter our practice, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome, and appreciated. We are here for you, and it’s our goal to build your trust in us so that we can help you smile.
- Be efficient with your time and money. We know that you have a busy schedule, and we don’t think that your appointments should interfere with your life. All of our appointments are appropriately scheduled so that you will spend less time in the waiting room and dental chair, and more time out enjoying the things that make you smile.
- Provide an office environment that is friendly, inviting, and professional. Your comfort is important to us, and because we work with patients of all ages, we recognize that each person who visits our practice has unique needs and expectations.
- We look forward to working with you, and to being a part of this wonderful, life-changing experience.
Doctor Guzman’s Published Articles
- Study on the Incidence and Location of Fracture in Round Orthodontic Archwires
- Comparison of Shear Bond Strength and Adhesive Remnant Index Between Precoated and Conventionally Bonded Orthodontic Brackets
- TM Disorders: Diagnostic Classification of Temporomandibular Disorders
- TM Disorders: Treatment & Management Considerations
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.
What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?
A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS or DMD (Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residency at a orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Achieving board certification is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience to ultimately provide excellent patient care.
Where to Find us?
Located in Tampa, FL
At Guzman Orthodontics we create amazing smiles, one person at a time. Dr. Ulises A. Guzman and our team focus on personalized care, with treatments customized to each person’s unique needs. This means the best orthodontic experience and strongest, most confident smile for you.