Board Certified Orthodontist in Kokomo, IN providing Invisalign, traditional braces and orthodontic retainers.
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As a family-owned orthodontic practice, we welcome patients of all ages, and strive to create a comfortable, welcoming setting. We want your orthodontic experience with us to be a success–from the time you call us and schedule your appointment to the time you leave our office. We make it a priority to provide our orthodontic services at affordable prices that fit within your budget.
We invite you to view the pages of our website and get to know us better. We are committed to providing excellent orthodontic care in a friendly environment where you and your family will feel comfortable. We hope to see you soon.

Dr. Emerick, DDS, MS - Kokomo | Peru IN Orthodontist

We welcome you and your family to Ladd Orthodontics for quality services and the highest standard of care. Using the latest treatments in the field of orthodontics, including braces and Invisalign (invisible braces), we are prepared to correct misalignment or other imperfections for a straight, beautiful smile you can feel confident about.

Orthodontist in Kokomo | Peru, IN

Dr. Tara Emerick is thrilled at the opportunity to provide exceptional orthodontic care to the Kokomo, Peru and surrounding communities! We are beyond excited that Dr. Emerick is a part of the LADD Orthodontics Family, and we strongly believe that the dental community, Kokomo, and Peru patient bases should be just as enthusiastic! She is looking forward to joining our Ladd Orthodontics team and meeting your orthodontic needs! We are also delighted to announce that, with her arrival, we can offer you the convenience of additional days to schedule with us!! Starting Monday, August 14th, she will be seeing patients Monday – Thursday (every other Thursday at our LADD Dental Group of Peru location).
Dr. Emerick completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her DDS degree from IU School of Dentistry. After dental school, she completed her three-year residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received her certificate in orthodontics and MS in oral sciences! She is experienced in early diagnosis and treatment planning, adult ortho, interdisciplinary dentistry, Invisalign, orthognathic surgery cases, and the newest ortho technologies! She is a member of the American Dental Association and of the American Association of Orthodontists, and she recently recieved her certification by the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction achieved by only 33% of all orthodontists. She absolutely loves creating beautiful smiles for all her patients! On a personal note, Dr. Emerick and her husband, Jonathan, are happy to be moving back to Indiana, and they are in the process of adopting a puppy! 

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Board Certified Orthodontist
The triangle progression is: Dentist, Orthodontist, Board Certified Orthodontist, and Certification Renewal (10 years)
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Founded in 1929 as the first specialty board in dentistry, The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists. 

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 American Dental Association 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 CODA-accredited 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. 


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Board Certified Orthodontist in Peru, IN providing Invisalign, traditional braces, and orthodontic retainers.