Dr. Douglas Ford is a board certified orthodontist. Board Certification by the American Board of Orthodontics is the highest accreditation that can be achieved in the specialty of orthodontics. The American Board of Orthodontics is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists and is the highest level of certification within the specialty of orthodontics. Board certification is achieved by only a third of all orthodontists. To become board certified, Dr. Ford passed rigorous written and oral examinations that included presenting the results of his orthodontic treatment to a panel of experts. Dr. Ford is the only Board Certified Orthodontist serving the Midland area and is committed to providing the highest level of patient care and service.
Dr. Ford grew up in Westland, Michigan and spent many summers at his grandparents' cottage on Wiggins Lake in Gladwin. He and his wife, Monica met while they were both students at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ford, Monica, their three children, Clayton, Caroline, Peter, and their black lab, Flint, are excited to have made Midland their permanent home after a career of service in the Air Force Dental Corps. Their service included assignments in Germany, Guam, Japan, England, Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio. Dr. Ford gets great personal satisfaction building relationships with his patients and observing the increased self-confidence, improved bite and smile enhancements achieved by his personalized orthodontic treatment. Outside of the office he enjoys fishing, skiing, attending youth sporting events and collecting antique dental books. He is also involved in Christian Worship, Study and Fellowship.
Dr. Ford earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of Michigan, and his Masters Degree in Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Before becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Ford completed a one-year hospital-based general practice residency, practiced general dentistry for five years, and earned a Master of Science Degree in Prosthodontics (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio). He is one of only seven U.S. dentists with dual specialty training in Orthodontics and Prosthodontics and the only one to have achieved board certification in both specialties.
Dr. Ford is a recognized authority in orthodontics, smile design, and interdisciplinary dentistry. He has presented lectures and courses to dentists in Europe, Asia and the United States. Dr. Ford has held teaching positions at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Wilford Hall Medical Center, the U.S. Navy Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program in Okinawa, Japan, the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, and Wright-Patterson Medical Center. He has served as an editorial section reviewer for the Journal of Prosthodontics and currently serves as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
Dr. Ford completes many more hours of continuing education each year than required and reads a broad range of peer reviewed dental journals to ensure his practice is based upon the best current evidence while incorporating the latest technologies. Dr. Ford’s experience, training, custom wire bending skills and commitment to provide the absolute best for his patients make him uniquely qualified to use either conventional orthodontic treatment or Invisalign to help people of all ages and dental conditions obtain optimal smile aesthetics and dental health.