Meet Dr. Pat
Dr. Patrick Cuozzo is proud to continue his family’s legacy, spanning three generations, of providing quality orthodontic treatments. Dr. Pat is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He joined Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists 25 years after his father, Dr. Gary Cuozzo, started the practice in 1972.
Dr. Pat’s commitment to continually demonstrate exceptional work and a gentle chairside manner has earned him multiple nominations by his peers as one of the Top Orthodontic Specialists in New Jersey. He has also earned a stellar reputation by maintaining some of the most advanced orthodontic systems and technological tools in his practice, including Invisalign®, lingual braces, and more. During his free time, Dr. Cuozzo teaches the next generation of orthodontic professionals as a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and helps out at the local Little Silver Volunteer Fire Department.
The following information will give you more details about Dr. Pat’s credentials and background, as well as answers to common questions many people have while searching for a qualified orthodontist. If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists, please contact us today.
- Awards & Achievements
- Professional Interests
- What Is an Orthodontist?
- How Do I Know If My Orthodontist Is a Licensed Specialist?
- What Does Board-Certified Mean for Orthodontists?
- What Makes Dr. Cuozzo a Top Orthodontist?
- How to Find the Best Orthodontist in New Jersey
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- New Jersey Association of Orthodontists
- Jersey Coast Dental Forum Advisor
- Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics
- University of Maryland Dental School
- University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine – Certificate of Specialty
Awards & Achievements
Dr. Pat is proud to have been honored with many awards and acknowledgments over the course of his career, including multiple recognitions as one of New Jersey’s Top Orthodontic Specialists.
Learn more about Dr. Pat’s awards & achievements.
- Clinical Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Orthodontic Department
- Contributor, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
What is an Orthodontist?
Although your family dentist may provide orthodontic services, they are not a licensed orthodontic specialist. A licensed orthodontist has surpassed his or her dental school education and received formal orthodontic training. They specialize in diagnosing, preventing, and correcting teeth and jaw alignments. Orthodontists are experts at aligning your teeth, improving your bite and helping jaws properly develop. A skilled, licensed orthodontist can dramatically improve your smile.
How do I know if my Orthodontist is a licensed specialist?
The state of New Jersey assigns a Specialty Permit Number to orthodontic specialists who meet stringent criteria and complete advanced orthodontic training. Their permit number lets you know you are receiving quality dental care. Make sure to ask your doctor for their New Jersey Specialty Permit Number!
What Does Board-Certified Mean for Orthodontists?
Dr. Pat Cuozzo is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). To become certified, an orthodontist must pass a rigorous national certification test and present a number of his or her own cases from start to finish, including x-rays, photos, and models, to an appointed senior board of orthodontists for peer review. Board-certified orthodontists must also have their certification renewed every 10 years. Being certified by the ABO signifies the commitment of an orthodontist to providing patients with the highest level of care by undergoing intensive additional education beyond that required of a general dentist.
What Makes Dr. Cuozzo a Top Orthodontist?
Experience, board-certification, local and national recognition as one of the best in his field, and a proven record of success are just some of the things that make Dr. Pat Cuozzo a Top Orthodontist. Dr. Pat has been named one of the Top Orthodontic Specialists in New Jersey Monthly magazine multiple times. This prestigious honor is the result of a voting process by Dr. Pat’s own peers in the field of orthodontics. He is also listed in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists. In addition, Dr. Pat pursues continuing orthodontics education to stay abreast of the latest treatments and techniques, which ultimately helps him give his patients the best possible care.
Dr. Pat is committed to providing each and every one of his patients – adults and children alike – with a positive experience. In order to achieve that, it’s important that an orthodontist focuses on offering not only the safest, most effective care available, but also on serving as a compassionate, skilled partner in the treatment process. Dr. Pat’s warm and friendly chairside manner combined with his recognized abilities to successfully correct common orthodontic concerns are some of the many reasons why he is considered a Top Orthodontist.
How to Find the Best Orthodontist in New Jersey
One of the most important steps of the orthodontic treatment process is the very first one: selecting the best orthodontist for your needs. Here are a few tips that can help you know what to look for during your search:
Look Closely At the Orthodontist’s Credentials, Background, and Experience
The orthodontist’s website typically has detailed information on his or her experience and credentials. Take a look to make sure they have the additional training and education necessary for specialists in orthodontics, and find out how long they have been in practice. Board-certification, dental and orthodontic organizations for which they are a member, and whether they pursue continuing education can also be helpful information that gives a clearer picture of the orthodontist’s skill and experience levels.
Read Reviews from Other Patients
By reading reviews and testimonials from other patients at the practice, you can get a general idea of the kind of service that can be expected. Many practices have testimonial pages directly on their website, and reviews are frequently available through third-party review sites, as well.
View Before-and-After Photos
A practice’s Smile Gallery can be worth a thousand words. View before-and-after orthodontic treatment photos to see the results of actual patients at the practice you are considering. These photo galleries may contain images depicting the results of specific treatments for which you are interested, and can give you a better idea of what the orthodontist is capable of. If there is not a Smile Gallery on the practice’s website, you should feel free to ask to view before-and-after photos once you arrive at the office for a consultation.
Location, Location, Location
The convenience of the practice’s location cannot be understated. Orthodontic treatment can often involve a number of appointments staged over an extensive period of time, and you want to be sure that the practice will be staying in a location that’s logistically suitable to your needs for as long as your treatment process is underway.
Evaluate Your Rapport
Once you have narrowed down your choices and are ready to see an orthodontist for a consultation, you can use this time to evaluate your rapport with the doctor. You should feel comfortable and confident in his or her care. If you are feeling rushed through the consultation, or if you feel that your questions and concerns are not being thoroughly addressed, this may indicate that the orthodontist is not a good fit for your needs. Never hesitate to ask questions. Orthodontists like Dr. Pat are excellent listeners and make honest and thorough communication a top priority. Remember: you are not just a patient, you are a partner in the treatment process!
If you would like more information about Dr. Pat, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.